The Deaf Lover

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The Deaf Lover is a farce in two acts by Frederick Pilon (1750-1788)[1].

The original text

It was originally performed as "The Device, or the Deaf Doctor" on 27 Septembver, 1779, but met with great opposition. It was then revived with alterations as The Deaf Lover on 2 February 1780, and performed at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden, achieving some success.

The text was published by J. Bowen, London 1780.

Performance history in South Africa

1833: Performed in the African Theatre Cape Town by the All the World's a Stage on 22 June with as The Deaf Lover, or How to Cure the Gout. It was part of a benefit evening for Mrs Black, which included also the tragedy Evadne, or The Statue (Shiel).


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp.226

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