Past Ten O'clock, and a Rainy Night

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Past Ten O'clock, and a Rainy Night is a farce in two acts by Thomas Dibdin (Thomas John Dibdin, 1771–1841)[1]

The title is written in four different ways (all incorrect) by F.C.L. Bosman (1928), possibly based on the particular Cape Town programme used as a source - these titles are Past 10 o'Clock and a Rainy Night (p.200), Past ten o'Clock, or A Rainy Night (p201), Past ten o'clock and a Rainy Night (p. 207) and Past ten o'clock and A Rainy Night (p.215).

The original text

First performed in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane in 1815. Published by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown, 1815.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1826: Performed on 29 July by the English Theatricals company in the African Theatre Cape Town , with The Unspoiled Child (Bickerstaff) and Gallant Truths, or Sprigs of No-A-Bility (Anon).

1828: Performed by the English Theatrical Amateur Company on 8 November 1828 in the African Theatre, along with The Mayor of Garratt (Foote) and Sharp and Flat (Lawler).

1831: Performed by "All the World's a Stage" on 14 May, as afterpiece to Othello (Shakespeare).

1837: A production in Cape Town by the Private Amateur Company (now referred to as the English Amateur Company) was planned for 11 September, but for a number of reasons postponed a few times and finally performed as Past Ten O'clock and a Rainy Night on 18 September, in the Cape Town Theatre, as afterpiece to Bertram, or The Castle of St. Aldobrand‎ (Maturin).


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. pp. 200, 201, 207, 215

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