The original text
The plot is similar to that of the French play The Game of Love and Chance by Marivaux (1688–1763), first performed in 1730. Halliday's 1870 play tells of Sir Everton and his cousin Charlotte who are arranged to be married, but not having seen each other since childhood they each switch places with a servant in order that they may secretly see their affianced before they meet.
First performed at the Royalty Theatre in London on July 15, 1869, and in 1869, it was one of Halliday's more successful plays.
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Performance history in South Africa
1876: Performed on 23 August in the Athenaeum Hall, Cape Town, by the Disney Roebuck company, under the temporary management of C. Wiltstone. Also played was The Bottle, or The Drunkard's Doom (Taylor).
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