The Ladies' Club

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The Ladies' Club is a burletta in two acts by Mark Lemon (1809-1870)[1]

In some sources actor/playwright William Cullenford is named as co-author.

Not to be confused with The Ladies Club, the 1986 American film[2]

The original text

A parody on the Woman's Rights question, the play was first performed at the Royal Olympic Theatre, London, on 25 February 1940 and published in London by J. Pattie, in Pattie's Universal Stage (Vol 1, no. 9), 1840 and by T.H. Lacy, 1850 (Lacy's acting edition of plays, vol. 13, no. 189).

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Performance history in South Africa

1867: Performed by Mrs Duret and the female actresses of the company by the Le Roy-Duret Company company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 10 October, with Crossing the Line, or Crowded Houses (Almar, the play fancifully billed as †ing the ———) and a dance by Miss Clara.


The Spectator Volume 13, 1840: p.213[3]

Leona W. Fisher. 1988, "Mark Lemon's Farces on the 'Woman Question' ", Studies in English Literature, 1500-1900 (Vol. 28, No. 4, Nineteenth Century - Autumn), pp. 649-670

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.230, 234

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