Catching an Heiress

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Catching an Heiress is a farce in one act by Charles Selby (1802?-1863)[1].

Also found as Catching an Heiress, or Which is Which.

The original text

First performed in The Queen's Theatre, London on the 15th July, 1835 and first published by Thomas Hailes Lacy in 19th century British drama no. 633 and as a Lacy's acting edition (no.582). Also published by Duncombe in 1836 (with George Daniel's The Disagreeable Surprise), as Issue 402 of Dicks' standard plays (with Hunting a Turtle by Selby) in 1883, and as Volume 47, Issue 10 of Acting plays by De Witt in 18?? and by Duncombe and Company in 1899.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1862: Performed as Catching an Heiress, or Which is Which in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town by the Clara Tellett and her company on 19th June, with The Housekeeper, or The White Rose (Jerrold).

1867: Performed as Catching an Heiress in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town by the Le Roy's Original Company on 11 March, with The Miller and his Men (Talfourd and Byron).


CUP Archive. A History of Early Ninteenth Century Drama 1800-1850, Cambridge University Press, p. 387[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 131, 221

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