The Happy Man

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The Happy Man is a extravaganza in one act by Samuel Lover (1797-1868)[1]

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Described as "an extravaganza in one act" and performed in the Haymarket Theatre, London in 1839 and The National Theatre, Boston 1846.

Published in J. Dicks Standard Plays (1883) and W. V. Spencer, Boston in Spencer's Boston Theatre XLIII (18**).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1859: Reportedly performed as The Happy Man, or the Legend of - by Sefton Parry in the Harrington Street Theatre on 5 December. Billed as a one act burlesque acts, with a Spanish dance as interlude and Agnes de Vere, or A Wife’s Revenge (Buckstone).


Frederick Wilse Bateson (ed). 1969The Cambridge Bibliography of English literature. 2. 1660-1800, Volume 3. CUP Archive: p. 407[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 78

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