A Roland for an Oliver

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A Roland for an Oliver is a two-act farce by Thomas Morton (1764 – 1838)[1].

The original play

First performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, on April 29, 1819. Published by John Miller, London in 1819.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1826: Was listed for performance on 20 October, by the Garrison Players, with Blue Devils and Catherine and Petruchio. However, this particular performance did not take place.

1826: Performed on 4 November in the The African Theatre, Cape Town by the English Theatricals company (the former Garrison Players) with Catherine and Petruchio (Shakespeare) and Silvester Daggerwood (Colman Jr.). This was a benefit performance for Mrs O'Brien and Sgt Corbishley.

Late 1820's: According to an undated handbill, it was also produced in the Cape Town barracks, along with Poole's Paul Pry, some time in the late 1820s by a group of 72 Highlanders calling themselves The Highland Amateur Party. The cast included P. Smith, W. Williamson, A. Schofield, J.Foster, W. Cameron, T. Caldwell, G. Milne, T. Norrie, A. Ramsay.




Facsimile version of the original printed version, Google eBook[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 149, 190, 229

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