Dandy Dick

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Dandy Dick is a farce in three acts by Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934) [1].

The original text

The play was the third of a series of farces which the English dramatist and director wrote for the old Court Theatre [2]. It tells of an impecunious clergyman who, having preached against gambling, uncharacteristically places a bet on his sister's horse horse "Dandy Dick". This leads to all kinds of hilarious trouble, including a time spent in the local police cell.

It was first performed in 1887.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted and filmed in 1935, directed by William Beaudine and starring Will Hay as the principal character.

Also adapted for BBC radio by John Tydeman and recorded featuring Patricia Routledge

Performance history in South Africa

1887: The play was performed as part of the repertoire of the Wheeler Theatre Company when they played in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town during April and May. Probably directed by Sutton Vane.

1918: An amateur production was staged by C.V. Becker for the Mayoress’ Charity Fund at the Palladium Theatre, Johannesburg.

1974 (?): A production was directed by Pieter Scholtz.





Press clippings of a review by Sjoerd Meijer held by NELM re the Scholtz production.

D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 384

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