The Nervous Man and the Man of Nerve

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The Nervous Man and the Man of Nerve is a farce in two acts by W.B. Bernard (William Bayle Bernard, 1807–75)[1]

The original text

First performed in the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane , London, 1833 and the Park Theatre, New York in 1846. Published by Duncombe 1833 and later by Samuel French & son.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1869: Performed, with Cherry Bounce (Raymond), in the Catholic Hall, Cape Town during October by the pupils of the local St Joseph's Academy, as part of an "entertainment". (The Bernard text is wrongly described as a "comedy in three acts" by "Burnand" in Bosman, 1980: p. 282. Perhaps the error was that of his original source.) The performers named include Master Kearns, Master Early, Master Coughlin, Master Mulhival, Master Mc Auliffe and Master Murray.


Facsimile version of the Duncombe edition, Google E-Book[2]

Allardyce Nicoll. 2009. History of English Drama 1660-1900. Cambridge University Press: p.355[3]

Jean Roemer. 1867. D. Polyglot Reader, and Guide for Translation: Consisting of a Series of English Extracts, with Their Translation Into French, German, Spanish, and Italian. D. Appleton and Company: pp.227-259[4]

James Fisher. 2015 . Historical Dictionary of American Theater: Beginnings. Rowman & Littlefield: p.62 [5]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 282

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