The Boots at the Swan
Also found as Boots at the Swan.
The original text
First performed at the New Strand Theatre, London, on 6 June 1842, and the Park Theatre, New York in 1846. Published as The Boots at the Swan by T.H. Lacy in London, 1842[?] and as Boots at the Swan by William Taylor and Co. in New York, 1847.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1858: Performed as The Boots at the Swan in the New Music Hall in Buitekant Street, Cape Town, by J.E.H. English and company on 27 February, with The Victor Vanquished (Dance), and featuring among others "Miss Delmaine".
1858: Performed again as The Boots at the Swan in the New Music Hall in Buitekant Street, Cape Town, by J.E.H. English and company on 6 July, with The Victor Vanquished (Dance), and now also featuring Mrs Delmaine.
1869: Performed as The Boots at the Swan in February on Robben Island by an amateur company (of patients and possibly medical staff, apparently), with Turn him Out (Williams?), and supported by the Robben Island Brass Band. It is reported that 150 visitors had travelled to the island by boat, to swell the audience to 250 for the evening's entertainment.
1875: Performed as Boots at the Swan in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck and company on 19 June, with The Happy Pair (Smith) and acts one and three of The Corsican Brothers (Grangé and De Montépin/Boucicault).
Facsimile version of the 1842 Lacy edition of the original text, Hathi Trust Digital Library
Facsimile version of the 1847 Taylor edition of the original text, The Internet Archive
William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.
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