The Unfinished Gentleman

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The Unfinished Gentleman is a farce in one act by Charles Selby (ca.1802-1863)[1].

The original text

First performed at the Adelphi Theatre, London, on 2 December, 1834. Published by Thomas Hailes Lacy in 1834.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1861: Performed as The Unfinished Gentleman on 18 February in the Cabinet Theatre, Cape Town, by the Cape Town Dramatic Club with The Plagued Professor ("An Original Interlude expressly written for this occasion" by Cresswell, "characters by members of the Royal Alfred Club) and Duchess or Nothing (Gordon).

1870: Performed on 14 December in the Oddfellows Hall by the Garrison Players (probably the "dramatic club" of the 86th Royal Downshire Regiment), along with If the Cap Fits (Harrington and Yates) and The Colleen Bawn (Byron's burlesque version).


Facsimile version of the Lacy edition, The Internet Archive[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 154

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