Number One, Round the Corner

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Number One, Round the Corner is a one act farce by William Brough (1826-1870)[1]

Also found as No. 1 Round the Corner

The original text

Licenced on 7 March for performance at the Theatre Royal Lyceum on 9 March 1854 (the stipulation being made that the phrase "Oh Lord!" be omitted). Published in London by Thomas Hailes Lacy, in 1856 (as vol. 14, no. 199) and later also in French's Minor Drama (no. 193) and Spencer's Boston Theatre: a collection of scarce acting tragedies, comedies, dramas, farces and burlettas (vol. 7, no. 52),

Advertised as No. 1 Round the Corner (no author given) and called a "good two character piece" in a listing of "Plays suitable for private performances" in The Illustrated Queen Almanac and Lady's Calendar for 1881 (p.62).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1877: Performed as No. 1 Round the Corner in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck's company on 25 October, as an afterpiece to Blow for Blow (Byron).

1889: Performed as No. 1 Round the Corner in the Exhibition Theatre, Cape Town, by Luscombe Searelle's company as part of a season of plays featuring Lionel Brough (brother of the author) and put on during the second half of the year. The season was not a success.


"Brough, William 1826-1870", WorldCat Identities[2]

Lord Chamberlain's Plays, 1852-1866. January-March 1854, Royal Holloway University, London [3]

The Illustrated Queen Almanac and Lady's Calendar for 1881 (p.62), Google E-book[4]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.362, 388

William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.

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