The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden

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The Happy Journey to Trenton and Camden is a play by Thornton Wilder [1]. One-act. Cast: mixed. Almost the entire play takes place during an automobile journey from Newark to Camden, New Jersey by a family on their way to visit a married daughter.

The first production was by the Yale Dramatic Association and the Vassar College Philalethis at the Yale University theater in New Haven, Connecticut on November 25, 1931.

The original text

It was first published in The Long Christmas Dinner and Other Plays in One Act (New York: Coward-McCann, 1931).

Published in Spotlight by De-Jager Haum.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans entitled Voorspoedige Reis na Trenton en Camden (translator unknown) and produced by K.A.T. as one of their FATSA Festival entries in Cape Town in February and March 1952. The play was directed by Christie van der Merwe.

Performance history in South Africa

Presented as The Happy Journey to Camden by the University of Cape Town Speech and Drama Department and produced by Nancy Body. Little Theatre, Sept 1946. Featuring Leonard Schach, Sonia Lipman and Winifred Robertson.

Presented by CAPAB's Theatre-go-round directed by Elliot Playfair in 1967 as The Happy Journey in a double bill with The Garden at the Threshold.


South African Opinion, 3(9):30, 1946.

Trek, 11(7):23, 1946.

Press clippings re CAPAB 1967 production held by NELM: [Collection: DICKERSON, Beth]: 2009. 61. 2. 14.

Nel, 1972.

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