Husband and Wife

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Husband and Wife is a farcical comedy by F.C. Phillips (1849-1921)[1] and Percy Fendall (1850-1917)[2].

Also found as Husbands and Wives and even, in one instance, as Husbands and Wife (sic).

The original text

The play opened as Husband and Wife at the Criterion Theatre, London, on 27 April, 1891. Later played at the Athenaeum Theatre, London, 7 July to 17 October, 1891, the thrud act apparently considerably rewritten.

A performance of the play opened at the Grand Opera House, London, Ontario, on Monday, 23 January, 1893.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1904: Performed (and remembered by D.C. Boonzaier, 1923, as being billed Husbands and Wives) by the George Giddens in the Good Hope Theatre, Cape Town, under the auspices of the Wheeler Company in April.


Programme of performance of the play at the Grand Opera House, London, Ontario, on Monday, 23 January, 1893, WorldCat.[3]

Digital copy of Cecil Howard. 1891. Dramatic Notes. A Year-book of The Stage (12th edition). London: Hutchinson and Co. The Internet Archive[4]

J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1890-1899: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. (Second, revised edition, p. 423). Scarecrow Press, Google E-book:p 79[5]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.421

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