Love, Law and Physic

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Love, Law and Physic is a farce, in two acts by James Kenney (1780–1849) [1].

The original text

First produced 1812. Published: J. Cumberland, 1821

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1824: Performed in Cape Town on 7 July by the Amateur Company with Five Miles Off, or The Finger Post (Dibdin).

1824: A second performance was planned for 30 November, to be performed in Cape Town by the English Theatricals company (former Garrison Players) in the African Theatre as a benefit performance for Mr J. Corbishley, (with A Cure for the Heartache by Morton). However it was "unavoidably postponed" and according to Bosman (1928, p 187) no records appear to show whether it did actually occur or not.

1826: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town on 16 August, by the Garrison Amateur Company, as an afterpiece to The Heir at Law (Colman, Jr). This performed as a benefit for Mrs Westcott. The performers were: Sgt Corbishley, Mr le Seur, Mr Sandford, Mr Hanson, Mr Goodwin, Mr Walker, Mrs Johnson and Mrs Black.

1835: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town on 8 October, by the Garrison Players, as an afterpiece to The Magpie, or The Maid? (Pocock).

1839: Performed in the Commercial Hall, Grahamstown by an amateur company playing under the motto Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense.

1839: Performed some time in the year in the Commercial Hall, Grahamstown, by Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense, with The Innkeeper of Abbeville (Fitzball).

1842: Performed in Cape Town in the Garrison Theatre by the Garrison Players on 9 June, and repeated 15 June, alongside Love in Humble Life (Payne) and Make Your Wills! (Mayhew and Smith). Performers included D. M'Donald, Mr Wellesley and Mr Priestly.


Facsimile version of a 1840 edition of text, published by J. Cumberland: Google E-Book[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 185-9, 195, 389, 394.

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