Heads or Tails?

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Heads or Tails? is a comedietta in one act by John Palgrave Simpson (1807–1887)[1]

The original text

First performed at the Royal Olympic Theatre, London, on 29 June 1854 and published as Volume 15 of Lacy's acting edition by L.C. Lacy in 1854, by John Perry in 1856 and as Volume 22, Issue 170 of Spencer's Boston theatre

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1859: Performed in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, by the Cape Town Dramatic Club on 6 June, with The extravaganza Masaniello (Brough) and a performance of the brass band of the 59th Regiment.


Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press[2]


Victorian Plays Project, Volume 15[3]


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.145

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