Comfortable Lodgings, or Paris in 1750

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Comfortable Lodgings, or Paris in 1750 is a farce in two acts by Richard Brinsley Peake (1792 – 1847)[1].

Also referred to simply as Comfortable Lodgings.

The original text

First performed in London in 1827 at the Drury Lane.

Published in London by Chapman and Hall in 1838.

Performance history in South Africa

1834: Performed as Comfortable Lodgings in the Barracks Theatre, Cape Town on 10 September by the Garrison Amateurs, along with The Heir at Law (Colman Jr).

1847: Performed asComfortable Lodgings in the Dutch theatre in Roeland Street (the Roeland Street Theatre) by a company calling itself Private Amateur Company on 6 November 1847 as their last performance of the season, as an afterpiece to The Castle Spectre (Lewis).

1855: Performed as Comfortable Lodgings, or Paris in 1750 in Cape Town's Garrison Theatre by the Garrison Players (officers of the 73rd Regiment) on 28 September 1855 as part of a presentation "for the Patriotic Fund" , along with Grace Huntley, or The Follies of Youth (Holl). Advertised as "the laughable farce...which had such an immense run at the Adelphi, a few seasons since" (as cited by Bosman, 1928, p.412).

Translations and adaptations


John Russell Stephens, ‘Peake, Richard Brinsley (1792–1847)’, Oxford Dictionary of National Biography, Oxford University Press, 2004 accessed 11 Sept 2013

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 194, 412 and 417.

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