Facing the Music

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Facing the Music is a farcical comedy in three acts by J.H. Darnley (J. Herbert Darley, fl. 1887-1899)

Also known as The Other Mr Smith

The original text

Copyrighted at the Theatre Royal, Leicester, on 1 February, 1899 (as The Other Mr Smith) and subsequently performed as Facing the Music at the Prince of Wales' Theatre, Liverpool, from on 22 May 1899. First London performance in the Brixton Theatre on 5 June 1900. Published by Samuel French in 1905

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1900: Performed by Herbert Flemming and his company, probably featuring Lionel B. Stent, as part of an extended season in the Opera House, Cape Town.


Facsimile version of the Samuel French version (1905), The Internet Archive[1]

Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press (pp.336-7)[2]

J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1900-1909: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. (p. 5). Scarecrow Press, Google E-book[3]

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: p.408

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