Caught Napping

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Caught Napping is a three-act farce by Geoffrey Lumsden (1914-1984)[1]

The original text

The play revolves around a schoolboy's end-of-year prank and is set at Lakeview School.

Originally performed, with a partially different cast under the title Gwendoline, at the Salisbury Playhouse on 27 October, 1958. In 1959 it opened in London under its present title at the Piccadilly Theatre, London. Published by Evans Bros. in the same year..

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1962: Performed as Caught Napping by The Grey Players (all pupils at the Grey High School) in the De Waal Hall, Port Elizabeth from 1-5 May. Produced by Jacques van Onselen. The cast included Beresford Jobling (Wellington Potts - housemaster), Anthony Farr (Henry), Colin Kruger (Mabel), Glynn Woodin (Jill Potts - Daughter), Eldon Swallow (Gertrude Potts - Wife), Allen Duff (Dr Rodd - Headmaster), Peter Kingston (Matron), Jeffrey Ilsley (Gordon Wilding - assistant master), Trevor Kennelly (Laker-Hopp - schoolboy), John Gardner (Archie d'Arcy - bookmaker), Conal d'altera turner (Talky), Geoffrey Allen (Maj-Gen Sir Francis-Francis Carmichael), Geoffrey Comley) (Lady Carmichael).


Original 1962 Caught Napping production programme.

Unnamed newspaper clipping, May 2, 1962.

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