Sweethearts and Wives

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Sweethearts and Wives is a comedy by James Kenney (1780-1849)[1].

The original text

There appears to have been a two act version and a three act version, the three act version being the most commonly found.

First performed at the Theatre Royal Haymarket, July 7th, 1823 and in Philadelphia in 1825. The two act verions was published by an unknown publisher and the three act version by A.R. Poole and Ash and Mason in 1827 (edited by Lopez and Wemyss).

Also published by M. Douglas in 1849, by T.H lacy (as Lacy's acting edition) and as French's Standard Drama No LXXVII.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1884-5: Performed by the Henry Harper Company in the new Theatre Royal, Cape Town, as part of Henry Harper's first season as lessee and manager of the venue. (Referred to by Bosman - 1980: footnote 37 on p.380 - as an "opéra comique".)




Facsimile version of the Samuel French edition, HathiTrust Digital Library[2]

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: pp.325

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