Love Laughs at Locksmiths

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Love Laughs at Locksmiths is a comic opera in two acts by George Colman the Younger (1762-1836)[1].

The original text

First performed in London in July 1803 at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, with an overture and music composed and selected by Michael Kelly. Text printed by T. Woodroof, 1803.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1827: Performed in Cape Town in May by the Garrison Amateur Company in the South African Theatre (African Theatre), billed as a "musical farse" (sic!) and offered with Speed the Plough (Thomas Morton).

1838: It was apparently performed in Grahamstown in this year by the Grahamstown Amateur Company, performing under the motto Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense (Though there is some difference of opinion between Bosman and Laidler on whether it was not perhaps a performance in Cape Town - see Bosman, 1928: pp. 388-9).


William J. Burling. 2000. Summer Theatre in London, 1661-1820, and the Rise of the Haymarket Theatre. Fairleigh Dickinson UniversityPress: p.224[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 184, 191, 388-390,

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