The Actress Of All Work, or My Country Cousin
The original play
One of the first, and an interesting example of, the so called "transformation pieces", also known as "protean farces", popular in the 19th century.
Originally opened 25 Oct 1819, at the Adelphi Theatre, London. On September 9 1821 a production was put on by Mr Tayleure, starring Mrs Tayleure. Published texts by J. Duncombe, 1819; W. Simpkin and R. Marshall, 1819.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1833: Performed as The Actress Of All Work (author not mentioned ) by the All the World's a Stage on 21 September, with The Day After the Wedding, or A Wife’s First Lesson, the interlude A Race for Dinner (Rodwell), and the farce Rival Valets (Ebsworth).
1866: Performed in Cape Town by the Le Roy and Duret Company on 9 and 11 April, with Madame Duret portraying six characters, as well as three in the accompanying play, The French Spy, or The Wild Arab of the Desert (Aubert?).
1866: Performed in Cape Town by the Le Roy and Duret Company on 18 June, with Good for Evil, or A Wife's Trial (Augier), Hunting a Turtle, or Trust a Woman's Wit (Selby) and a popular "dance-song", The Nervous Cures.
1867: Performed by the Le Roy and Duret company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 3 September, with scenes from Hamlet (Shakespeare) and A Prince for an Hour (Morton). The Morton play is erroneously listed in this case as A Price for an Hour by F.C.L. Bosman (1980:p.227).
The 1919 published text, Google Books
Jane Goodall. 2002. Performance and Evolution in the Age of Darwin: Out of the Natural Order. Psychology Press, 2002: p. 125
Facsimile of John Bull, Volumes 1-2 , p. 305
25 Oct 1819 playbill, British Library
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