The Idler

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There are two plays by this name

The Idler by Charles Haddon Chambers (1891)

The original text

A play in four acts by Charles Haddon Chambers (1860-1921)[1], it was first performed at St James's Theatre, London, on 26 February, 1891. Published by Samuel French, 1902.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1900: Performed by the Herbert Flemming Company as part of an extended season in the Opera House, Cape Town.


Facsimlie version of the 1902 edition by Samuel French, The Internet Archive[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 1932. (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: p.408

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The Idler by Luigi Pirandello (1916)

This is the title given to an English version of Liolà by Luigi Pirandello (1867–1936)[3]. Described as a Sicilian comedy, this was Pirandello's first play and opened in 1916.

For more on this play, see the ESAT entry on Liolà

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