Lavater the Physiognomist, or Not a Bad Judge
The original text
First performed at the Olympic Theatre in London on 2 March, 1848 and first seen in the USA at the Lyceum Theatre, Boston in 1849.
Originally published in 1848 as: Not a Bad Judge by Thomas Hailes Lacy, London, in 1848 and as Lavater the Physiognomist, or Not a Bad Judge in London and New York, Samuel French in the same year. Later published (also with the full title) by Samuel French as Issue 214 of French's standard drama (The Acting edition) in 1856 and W.V. Spencer, Boston, as No 172 of Spencer's Boston Theatre (1858?).
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Performance history in South Africa
1859: Performed as Not a Bad Judge, or Lavater, the Physiognomist on 1 February Cape Town Dramatic Club, in the Cape Town Theatre in Harrington street, with Betsy Baker!, or Too Attentive by Half (Morton), featuring miss Annie Rowlands as "Betsy".
Facsimile version of the Lacy 1848 edition, Hathi Trust Digital Library
Facsimile version of the Spencer 1858 edition, Hathi Trust Digital Library
William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.
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