Where Shall I Dine?

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Where Shall I Dine? is a farcetta in one act by G. Herbert Rodwell (George Herbert Buonaparte Rodwell , 1800–1852)[1].

The original text

Some sources also credit J. Thomas G. Rodwell , often even as first author, though the general tendency seems to be to credit George Rodwell only, notably so on internet playlists and biographies of Rodwell, and by Allardyce Nicoll. However, since George Rodwell would only have been 19 years old when he wrote it, it is natural to assume that he may have been aided by his elder brother, the playwright and theatre manager James Thomas Gooderham Rodwell (died 1825).

The farce was first performed at the Olympic New Theatre, Strand on 17 February 1819, before playing at other venues, and was published in the same year, and saw many editions afterwards.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1831: Performed under the extended title Where Shall I Dine?, or No Dinner Yet? on 4 June by All the World's a Stage in the African Theatre. The evening was a benefit for Mrs Black, and the entertainment also included the tragedy Douglas (Home).


Allardyce Nicoll, A History of English Drama 1660-1900, 2009 reprint: p. 395[2]

A History of Early Ninteenth Century Drama 1800-1850, CUP Archive[3]



F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 216

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