A Kiss in the Dark
The original text
First performed at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, on June 13, 1840. Published in London by Thomas Hailes Lacy 1852
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
Often played in South Africa.
1860: Performed as The Kiss in the Dark on the Eastern Cape border by "The Serjeants" (sic) of the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot on July 21, 26 and 27, and August 3. The cast consisted of Serjeant P. Fox (Mr Pettibone), Serjeant H. Charlesworth (Frank Fatlions), Corporal G. Brown (Mrs Pettibone), Lance Corporal J. Smith (Mary), Also included in the evening's entertainment were a solo was performed on the violin in seven different positions by W. Allen. Then a comic song "Solomon Lob" in character by J. M. M'Kechnie, The Lady of Lyons, or Love and Pride (Bulwer-Lytton) and The Wandering Minstrel (Mayhew).
1861: Performed on 3 August in the Garrison Theatre by the Garrison Players ("the non-commissioned officers and men of the 11th Regiment") in aid of the "Distressed Lancashire Operatives" , as afterpiece to The Miller and his Men, with a group of eight African Minstrels performing as an interlude. The person in charge of arrangements is "Colour Sergeant" Heaven Sergeant Heaven.
1906: Performed in Dutch (or early Afrikaans) as Het Zoen in die Donker in the Good Hope Theatre, Cape Town, by the Cutler Comedy Company on 2 March, with Catching a Count (Anon.) and "A Farce in the Taal" (i.e. an untitled farce in Afrikaans)
North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 1. January 1, 1860.
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