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Written by
FRANK DESPREZ
Composed by
EDWARD SOLOMON

First produced in 1880, fide Rollins & Witts, but Ganzl, Nicoll and Wearing give 7th September 1881 at the Olympic Theatre as the date and venue of the first performance. Low's researches reveal that it was performed in Nottingham and Leicester in November 1880 (cast unknown). Revived on tour on a number of occasions, in London from 15th to 29th December 1894, with The Chieftain (later replaced by Cox and Box).

No printed libretto in British Library. Vocal score in British Library at H.1789.b.(26), published 1882 by Chappell; this contains music only, no dialogue. Copy of libretto in Lord Chamberlain's collection, Add.MS. 53239 Play no. L, filed Sept-Oct. 1880.

Performed on tour during November 1880 (Nottingham and Leicester) and possibly from October to December, cast not known. Performed on tour August to December 1881 with Edward P. Temple, Leonard Vincent and Jesse Smith. On tour 1882 with Charles Manners, John Wilkinson, Edgar Manning, and Florence Harcourt. On tour 1883 with A. Lorraine, R. Christian, Edgar Manning and Florence Harcourt. On tour August to December 1892, in 1893, and from November to December 1894 with The Vicar of Bray. The cast for this tour later appeared at the Savoy in the revival mentioned above:

MR. WALLABY Robert Rous
MR. FRASER Henri Delplanque
POLICEMAN Albert E. Rees
MRS. WALLABY Re Stephanie

When this company resumed its tour at Blackpool on Christmas Eve 1894, Re Stephanie returned to the touring company to play Winifred in The Vicar of Bray. Her part in Quite an Adventure was taken over by Beatrice Perry for the last week of the run. The gentlemen rejoined the touring company later, and they performed the piece again in February and March (possibly also in April). Quite an Adventure was also performed in Oldham in February 1895 (cast unknown).

Synopsis

Scene: a room in Mr. Wallaby's house in the outskirts of London. Mr. and Mrs. Wallaby have been out separately, the latter having been taken faint in town is assisted by Fraser, who drops his key down her neck to help revive her, and then puts her in a cab for home. Realising after she is on the way that she still has his front door key down her back and that he is therefore locked out, he follows her to her home to retrieve it. This accomplished, he realises that he has missed the last train home. Mrs. Wallaby therefore asks him to wait till her husband returns. Mr. Wallaby has forgotten his keys and so lets himself in by the window. He and Fraser meet, and each mistakes the other for a burglar. A policeman arrives and is about to arrest Mr. Wallaby when his wife comes back into the room to clear the matter up.


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