The Rent Day

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The Rent Day is a domestic drama in two acts by Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857)[1].

(Also written The Rent-Day in some sources)

The original text

First performed as at the Theatre Royal Drury Lane on January 25 1832, and and published by C. Chapple, London in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1854: Performed as The Rent-Day on 5 June in the Garrison Theatre by the Garrison Players and some local Amateurs, with The Spitalfields Weaver (Bayly) and The Queen's Horse (Honan and Planché).

1858: Performed as The Rent Day in the Cape Town Theatre on 29 July by Sefton Parry and his company, supported by the "Cape Town Dramatic Club", with Wanted, 1000 Spirited Young Milliners, for the Gold Diggings! (Coyne). The evening a benefit for Mr and Mrs Parry.


Facsimile version of the original text (second edition , 1832), Internet Archive[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 406-7,

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.70, 74

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