Three and the Deuce!

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Three and the Deuce! is a comic drama in three acts by Prince Hoare (1755-1834)[1], with music by Stephen Storace (1762-1796)[2].

(Storace is credited as main author in some references)

The original text

According to the published English text of 1806, the plot was taken from the French comedy Les Trois Jumeaux Vénitiens ("The three Venetian twins") by Antonio Collalto (also known as Antonio Collalto Mattiuzzi - 1717?-1778), as well as a Spanish comedy Los Tres Mellizos ("The three twins"), performed in Madrid in the late 1700s or early 1800s.

In actual fact they are all basically the same play: I Tre Gemelli Veneziani by Collalto, an adaptation of Carlo Goldoni’s 1747 play I Due Gemelli Veneziani ("The two Venetian twins") , which was which in its turn based on Menaechmi by Plautus

The English version of the play was first performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, 1795. Revived in 1805 and played at the Theatres Royal Haymarket and Drury Lane. Published by Barker and Son, 1806.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1823: A copy of the English text was sought by the Garrison Players in Cape Town . Bosman (1928) has no record of a public performance of the play by them though.


"Mattuizzi, Antonio" in Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Volume 72 (2008)[3]

Facsimile of the 1806 text of The Three and the Deuce! (Google eBook)[4]

Facsimile text of the 1781 Dutch version, Europeana: Think Culture[5]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [6]: pp. 184,

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