An Evening of Tragedy, Melodrama and Light Comedy

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An Evening of Tragedy, Melodrama and Light Comedy was the name given to a production put on by the "classical Shakespearean Reader and Impersonator" E.C. de Jocelyn Harvey in the Cape Town Theatre on 2 June of 1859, with the support of local amateurs and members of the Cape Town Garrison.

The pieces done were a death scene from a melodrama entitled Friendship (Anon.), the closet scene from Hamlet (Shakespeare), Town & Country, or Which is Best (Morton) and an Extravaganza Macbeth (Talfourd). Supporting performers for the evening's entertainment included Mr Devere, Miss Delmaine, Mr Connorton, Mr Keens and Mr Stenner (the latter three with permission of Colonel Graham of the local regiment).


Sources

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.129

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