Perfection, or The Lady of Munster

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Perfection, or The Lady of Munster is a comedy in one act by Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839)[1]

F.C.L. Bosman (1928) often has the author's name as "Bayley", possibly an error in his sources on South African performances.

The original play

First performed Thursday March 25, 1830 at the Drury Lane theatre, with Madame Vestris. Published in London by Thomas Hailes Lacy in 1831.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1854: Performed in Cape Town by the Garrison Players in the Garrison Theatre on 2 May 1854, with Mr Salter as "Charles Paragon", Corporal Bishop, Mr Belleville as "Susan", Mr Henslowe and "A Lady" as "Kate". It was part of a programme also including St Cupid, or Dorothy's Fortune (Jerrold) and The Bloomer Costume (Stirling).

1873: Performed by the Disney Roebuck company in the Mutual Hall (concert hall of the Mutual Building) in Cape Town, playing on 26-29 November, as afterpiece to David Garrick (Robertson) .

1875: Performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, on 17 and 18 March, accompanied by East Lynne (Wood) and a dance by Maggie Duggan.

1877: Performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 7 September, with East Lynne (Wood)


Dramatic Magazine, Volumes 2-3 : p. 83:Google eBook[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 406-7,

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