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A farce in one act by A. MALTBY

First produced at the Lyceum Theatre 29th October 1877 where it ran for more than 100 performances. Revived on tour 1882. [Fide Nicoll another play by the same author with the same title was produced at the Olympic Theatre 1st May 1852].

Not a musical piece. Published by French in 1878. British Library at 2304.h.3. Copy filed in the Lord Chamberlain's collection Oct-Nov 1877, Add. MS. 53193, Play no E.


MR. MUFFINGTON CRUMPETS, retired baker Edmund Lyons
CAPT. CREDITOR DUNN, late Militia Mr. Pinero 1
MIKE PERIWINKLE, a fisherman Mr. Branscombe
RUNEMIN, a policeman Mr. Staff
LETITIA, her daughter Miss Hall
MATILDA, the maid Miss Eva Morley

There is one (optional) song for Mr. Crumpets.

Performed on tour 1882 with W.T. Hemsley, Clarence J. Stanley, Fred A. Leon and
E. Vincent.


The scene is Mr. Crumpets' house. Capt. Dunn loves Letitia and Mike loves Matilda. Mrs. Crumpets mistakes a note from Mike to Matilda as an assignation to elopement from her husband. Dunn, Crumpets and Periwinkle all mistake each other for burglars and an equally mistaken policeman adds to the melee. Confused? So were we!

[1] Presumably A.W. Pinero.

[2] Probably Florence St. John.

[David Stone has pointed out that Ganzl, Kurt: British Musical Theatre Vol I. (p.217, 1882), records: "My Luck a musical eccentricity by B. T. Hughes. Music by W. Robinson. Played by the D'Oyly Carte Opera Company on tour". Were two pieces with similar titles played by the company in 1882?]

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