In the Soup

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In the Soup is a farce by Ralph Lumley (1864–1900).

The original text

In a farce about the complications of an apartment being rented out simultaneously to more than one tenant, it was first performed at the Opera House in Northampton on 16 August, 1900, followed by a run at the Strand Theatre, London, from 28 August till 25 May 1901.

Translations and adaptations

Filmed as a British comedy by Henry Edwards in 1936 [1]

Performance history in South Africa

1904: The second act of the play was performed James Welch and his company at the Good Hope Theatre, Cape Town, as part of a matinee benefit programme "tendered to the sufferers in a disaster (flood) at Bloemfontein", organized by Grant Fallowes and featuring a large number of distinguished performers. It was accompanied by an act from Brother Officers (Trevor) by the Frawley Company, a various vaudeville style turns (acrobatics, songs, dances, etc) by members of Tivoli Theatre company and Frank Fillis' Circus. The performers included Peggy Pryde, N.C. Fields, Miss Charini, Mrs Griffith Vincent, Kate Drew, Percy Ould, the Hayday Troupe and the Pichell Troupe.


J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1890-1899: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. (Second, revised edition, p. 28). Scarecrow Press, Google E-book[2]

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.418

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