The Fire-eater!

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The Fire-eater! is a farce in one act by Charles Selby (c.1802-1863)[1]

Also found as The Fire Eater

The original text

First performed at the Royal Olympic Theatre, London, on 30 June, 1851 and published in London by Thomas Hailes Lacy, in the same year (as Issue 52 of Lacy's acting edition).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1859: Performed as The Fire Eater by Juvenile Amateurs in Cape Town on 23 June, 1859, along with The Miller of Whetstone or The Cross Bow Letter (Wilks) and William Tell; A Telling Tale of an Old Tell Tale (Rossini/Buckingham).


Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press: p. 560[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 165.

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