Good for Nothing

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Good for Nothing is a comic drama in one act by J.B. Buckstone (1802-1879)[].

Also known as Good for Nothing Nan, Nan, The Good for Nothing or Nan the Good-For-Nothing in various parts of the world.

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", made popular by singer Vesta Victoria (1873-1951)[1]).

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).


Facsimile version of the 1897 edition by J. Dicks (No 1034 of Dick's Standard Plays), The Internet Archive[2]


Paul Fryer (Ed.). 2012. Women in the Arts in the Belle Epoque: Essays on Influential Artists. McFarland:p. 193[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.230,

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