Good for Nothing
Good for Nothing is a comic drama in one act by J.B. Buckstone (1802-1879).
Apparently, on account of the central character of "Nan", also known as Good for Nothing Nan, Nan, The Good for Nothing or Nan the Good-For-Nothing in various parts of the world, though references here may on occasion actually be to popular vaudeville songs with these titles.
The original text
First performed on 4 February 1851 in the Theatre Royal Haymarket, London. Published by W.V. Spencer, 1856 and in one volume with Domestic Economy (Lemon), by J. Dicks in 1897.
Translations and adaptations
Inspired popular vaudeville songs by John T. Rutledge ("Good For Nothing Nan", 1877) and Thomas and George le Brun ("Good-for-nothing Nan") written for and made popular by singer Vesta Victoria (1873-1951), who admitted to basing her characterization of "Nan" on the play.
Performance history in South Africa
1867: Performed as Good for Nothing by the Le Roy-Duret Company on 25 September as part of their "Grand Re-opening Night" in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, with The Swiss Cottage (Baily) and Delicate Ground (Dance).
Paul Fryer (Ed.). 2012. Women in the Arts in the Belle Epoque: Essays on Influential Artists. McFarland:p. 193
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