The Dancing Barber

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The Dancing Barber is a farce in one act by Charles Selby (1802?-1863)[1].

The original text

First performed at the Theatre Royal, Adelphi in London on January the 8th, 1838.

Published in London in 1838, inter alia by the National Acting Drama Office, J. Dicks, Chapman and Hall, and in Webster's acting national drama, No. 33.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1858: Performed in the Cape Town Theatre by Sefton Parry and his company on 23 March, with The Lady of Lyons (Bulwer-Lytton) and Macbeth (an "entirely new Extravaganza" by Talfourd). The performers were Sefton Parry as "Narcissus Fitsfrizzle" ("addicted to dancing"), J.E.H. English as "Lord Mincington" and Mrs Sefton Parry as "Lady Flitterly".

1862: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Sefton Parry and his company on 28 March, as part of a benefit for Thomas Brazier. Also performed were Rob Roy MacGregor (Scott/Murray), with Brazier as "Rob Roy".


Facsimile version of the original 1838 text published by the National Acting Drama Office, Hathi Trust Digital Library[2].

"Online books by Charles Selby", The Online Books Page[3]

All editions for The Dancing Barber (1800-1865), WorldCat[4]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 69, 71, 111.

William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.

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