Amoroso, King of Little Britain
The original text
Subtitled a "Serio-Comick, Bombastick, Operatick Interlude", it was probably inspired by Rhodes's Bombastes Furioso (Rhodes, 1816). Originally written for an amateur performance at a private theatre, it was subsequently performed at Drury Lane, London in 1818. The production was a success and persuaded Planché to take up play-writing full-time.
Performance history in South Africa
1862: Produced in the Grahamstown Garrison Theatre on 27 January by the Non-commissioned Officers of the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot, with a cast consisting of: Corporal J. Davies (Amoroso, King of Little Britain), Sergeant J. Lydon (Rosatando, his cook), Sergeant T. M'Kay (Blusterbus, yeoman of the Guard), Sergeant T. Coughlin (1st Lord of the Bed-Chamber), Sergeant J. Hughes (2nd Lord of the Bed-Chamber), Private J. M'Kechnie (Coquetinda), Drummer T. Smith (Mollidusta). Also played was Scene II, Act III from Othello (Shakespeare). (For more on contemporary responses to the performances, see the entry on the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot)
1862: Performed in the Eastern Cape village of Keiskama Hoek's Garrison Theatre by North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot on May 28, as their first production there, referring to it as Amorosa, or King of Little Britain. The cast featured J. Davies (Amoroso, King of Little Britain), J.F. Gay (Roastando, his cook), T. Paterson (Blusterbus, his cook), B. Sheean (1st Lord of the Bed-chamber), J. M'Kechnie (Aoqnetinda), and F. Girton (Mollidusta). After the performance, a comic song was sung by J. M'Kechnie. The other plays on the programme were The Omnibus (Pocock or Power) and The Irish Tutor (Butler). (For more on contemporary responses to the performances, see the entry on the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot)
North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 11. January 28, 1862.
North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 12. Febuary 28, 1862.
North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, N0 13, July 23, 1862. (Keiskama Hoek)
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