The Laughing Hyena is a farce in one act by Benjamin Webster (1797-1882)
The original text
Originally performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, and first published in 1849, London by Webster and Co. and in the USA by Samuel French in French's minor drama (Acting edition), no. 198.
Seventeen English editions of the play were published between 1849 and 1970
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1861: Performed by Sefton Parry and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 23 June, with Victorine the Orphan of Paris, or I'll Sleep on It (Buckstone).
1874: Performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town, on 23 and 24 February, with Don Caesar de Bazan (Dumanoir and d'Ennery).
1876: Performed by the Disney Roebuck company (managed by C. Wilstone) in the Athenaeum Hall, Cape Town, on 29 August, with The Streets of London (Boucicault).
1876: Performed by the Disney Roebuck company (managed by C. Wilstone) in the Athenaeum Hall, Cape Town, on 31 August, with The Life of an Actress (Boucicault).
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.97, 312-3, 342
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