Turned Up

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Turned Up is a farcical comedy in three acts by Mark Melford (1850?-1914)[1]

The original text

Originally called Too Much Married, the play was first performed under the current title at the Royalty Theatre on Dean Street in London, England with Willie Edouin, Lytton Sothern, Alfred Bishop, Stephen Caffrey, Morton Selten, Miss E. Brunton, Maude Millett, Miss V. Bennett, Zeffie Tilbury, Emily Dowton, and Alice Atherton in the cast. Melford sold the rights to the play to Willie Edouin (1846-1908)[2] for 25 pounds and a royalty of one pound per performance, and the play was afterwards widely performed, as far afield as Cape Town and Perth in Western Australia.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted into a two-act musical by Arthur Rigby (1900-1971)[3] in 1925 under the title Who's My Father? and adapted and filmed as Who's Your Father in 1935, directed by and starring Lupino Lane (1892-1959)[4].

Performance history in South Africa

1886: Performed by Madame Pearmain and her company as part of a short season of eleven plays put in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, from 22 November onwards.







US Government Printing Office. 1925. Catalogue of Copyright Entries (Volume 22).[5]

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.383

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