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 . 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, based on her 1973 performance on stage.
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, with Frank Wheeler as "Noah Topping".
1974(?): A production of the play was directed by Pieter Scholtz.
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