A Silent Woman

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A Silent Woman is a short farce in one act by Thomas Hailes Lacy (1809-1873)[1]

Sometimes also found as The Silent Woman

Lacy's play is not to be confused with Epicœne, or The Silent Woman by Ben Jonson.

The original text

Written in 1835, the author stating that it was "adaptated from a recollection of Mr. Bayle Bernard’s comedy of The Dumb Belle". First performed on 17 August, 1835 at the Royal Olympic Theatre, London, and the text published by Samuel French in the same year.

F.C.L. Bosman (1980) has the author of the latter play wrongly as "Burnand" (or perhaps his sources had it so).

Translations and adaptations

Performances in South Africa

1859: A performance of "the favourite Comedietta" of The Silent Woman was scheduled "by request" for performance in the Cape Town Commercial Rooms by the E.C. de Jocelyn Harvey with supporting local performers.

1868: Performed as A Silent Woman in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town, on 13 April by D'Arcy Read and James Leffler, with "Sentimental, Comic and Nigger Songs", two scenes from The Hunchback (Knowles) and The Chevalier, the Apprentice and the Grisette (Anon.).


Blog by H. Dominic W. Stiles, UCL Ear Institute & Action on Hearing Loss Libraries; UCL Library Serices - 17 December 2015[2]

History of Western Theatre: 17th Century to Now/Complete list of one-act plays in English on the Internet[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 130, 232,

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