The Idler

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There are two plays by this name

The Idler by Charles Haddon Chambers (1891)

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A play in four acts by Charles Haddon Chambers (1860-1921)[1], it was first performed at St James's Theatre, London, on 26 February, 1891. Published by Samuel French, 1902.

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Performance history in South Africa

1891: Performed by a newly formed scratch company as their opening night at the Vaudeville Theatre, Cape Town, on 2 November. The cast consisted of Mark Cross, J.A. Rosier, John Harding, T. Paxton, Simeon Strong, Albert Lucas, Mr Merryweather, Brittain Booth, Lady Harding, Lilla Wilde Kate Merryweather, Minnie Grey, Glyn Stanmore, Emily Seaton and Mrs J. Anwyl Rosier.

1900: Performed by the Herbert Flemming Company as part of an extended season in the Opera House, Cape Town.


Facsimlie version of the 1902 edition by Samuel French, The Internet Archive[2]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 391, 408

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The Idler by Luigi Pirandello (1916)

This is the title given to an English version of Liolà by Luigi Pirandello (1867–1936)[3]. Described as a Sicilian comedy, this was Pirandello's first play and opened in 1916.

For more on this play, see the ESAT entry on Liolà

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