The Spitalfields Weaver

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The Spitalfields Weaver is a burletta in one act by Thomas Haynes Bayly (1797-1839)[1]

F.C.L. Bosman (1928) often has the author's name as "Bayley", possibly an error in his sources on South African performances.

The original text

First performed at the St James's Theatre, London, on 10 February, 1838. First printed in London by Chapman and Hall in 1838. Reprinted many times in the 19th century.

Apparently from an unidentified French original, though completely Anglicised.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1854: Performed in Cape Town by the Garrison Players, on 5 June, with The Rent Day (Jerrold) and The Queen's Horse (Honan and Planché), with Mr Kirton as "Simmons".

1854: Performed in Cape Town by the Garrison Players, on 18 September, with Honesty is the Best Policy (Lemon) and Middle Temple (Peake), as a benefit for Mr Kirton.


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 407-9,

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