The original text
Originally entitled Family Jars, or The Double Mistake and the Triple Discovery and produced 26 August, 1822 at the The Little Theatre (or Theatre Royal) Haymarket, London, being acted nineteen times. Performed at the Park Theatre and Burton's Theatre in New York in the same year it would seem.
Published by Samuel French in London in 1822, and Murden in New York in 1826 and a number of times later - the "operatic farce" being dropped in many cases and it simply styled "a farce in two acts".
There seems to be some confusion about the nature of the text however, for it is given as a farce in two acts in most published editions of the play text, including those by French and Murden noted above, as well as editions by Turner and Fisher, Philapdelphia in 18**?; The Dramatic Publishing Company's series Sergels's Acting Drama No 230, Chicago, 1860 and De Witt's Acting Plays (circa 1860s).
However it is listed as a one act farce by Gerald le Grys Norgate in Lunn's biography (Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900, Volume 34)and in the published version in Lacy's ‘Acting Edition of Plays,’ vol. xiv. 1850.
Performance history in South Africa
1855: Performed in Cape Town by Sefton Parry as afterpiece to Used Up, or The Peer and the Ploughboy (Boucicault), with a musical interlude. This was done on Wednesday 13 June, in a Drawing Room Theatre which he had constructed in the Commercial Rooms in Cape Town.
1861: Performed as a comedy in two acts in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 4 November by the Sefton Parry company, with a "Pas Seul" performed by Miss Powell and The Rose of Ettrick Vale, or The Bridal of the Borders (Lynch).
Translations and adaptations
Margaret Ross Griffel. 2012. Operas in English: A Dictionary (Vol. 2). Scarecrow Press: p. 165.
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