Sayings and Doings, or The Rule of Contrary
Often found simply as Sayings and Doings.
The original text
Possibly a dramatization by Morton of the story The Man of Many Friends by Theodore Edward Hook (1788-1841), from volume two of his collection of stories entitled Sayings and Doings (1838). Morton took the title of the play from the collection of stories, but Hook admits Morton might have obtained the plot for his play directly from the Jour á Paris, from which Hook himself had drawn the idea.
First performed in London at Covent Garden on the 18th of April, 1839, and first published in the same year by Chapman and Hall.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1867: Performed as the "fashionable farce" Sayings and Doings on 19 March by the 9th Regiment in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, as part of a "Grand Fashionable Night", along with comic song by H.F. Simmonds and Othello in Ireland "by special request".
Theodore Edward Hook. 1838. Sayings and Doings Second Volume. London: Colburn.
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