A Shilling Day at the Great Exhibition

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A Shilling Day at the Great Exhibition is a farce in one act by Andrew Halliday (1830-1877)[1]

The original text

A one-act farce of mistaken identities that takes place at the Crystal Palace during the Great Exhibition of 1851, first performed at the New Royal Adelphi Theatre on 9 June, 1862. The text published by Thomas Hailes Lacy in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1867: Performed as A Shilling Day at the Exhibition (referred to by F.C.L. Bosman as A Shilling Day at the (Great) Exhibition) by the Young Men's Dramatic Company in Mr Ferguson's Saloon, in the Swiss Hotel, Plein Street, Cape Town on 24 July, with Ben Bolt (Johnstone).


Facsimile version of the Lacy text, [2]

Kristan Tetens. The Victorian Peeper[3] (Accessed: 10 May, 2021)


The Victorian Plays Project[4]



F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.271

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