A Happy Pair
A Happy Pair is a comedietta in one act by S. Theyre Smith (fl. 1860s-1870s).
The author's name is sometimes found as "S. Theyre-Smith" or "Spenser Theyre-Smith", and the play as The Happy Pair.
The original text
First performed at St. James Theatre, London, on 2 March, 1868. Published in London by Samuel French in 1868. The most frequently found version however, appears to be the one by Harold Roorbach, New York, published as No 30 of Roorbach's American Edition of Acting Plays in 1890.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1875: Performed as The Happy Pair in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck and company on 19 June, with Boots at the Swan (Selby) and acts one and three of The Corsican Brothers (Grangé and De Montépin/Boucicault).
1878: Performed as A Happy Pair in the Athenaeum Hall, Cape Town, by Dramatic Recital Society on 19 September, as a benefit for Hugh Fisher. Also performed were The Bells (Erckmann-Chatrian/Lewis) and A Rough Diamond (Buckstone).
Facsimile version of the Roorbach edition, The Digital Archive
William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.
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