Brown and the Brahmins, or Captain Pop and The Princess Pretty-eyes!
Brown and the Brahmins, or Captain Pop and The Princess Pretty-eyes! is an "oriental burlesque" by Robert Brown Reece (1838–1891)
Sometimes found as Brown and the Brahmins, or Captain Pop and The Princess Pretty-Eyes! or simply referred to as Brown and the Brahmins.
The original text
Based on the drama of the The Illustrious Stranger (Millingen and Kenney, 1827), and first performed at the Royal Globe Theatre, London, on 23 January, 1869. Published in London by T.H. Lacy, 1869.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1875: First performed by the Disney Roebuck company in the Bijou Theatre on 24 July, as an afterpiece to Leah, or The Jewish Maiden (Mosenthal/Daly). The production included "An Ashantee Dance and Chorus" directed by Mr Elton and featured "a band of coloured boys picked from the the streets of Cape Town". The novelty of seeing coloured folk on the stage for the first time combined with their "extrvagant contortions of body and limb and grotesque action" apparently set audiences in a furore, though the idea was well received by The Argus on July 27 and the play was repeated a number of times in this season. The entry the entry for this date in F.C.L. Bosman (1980:p.325) is rather confusing however, giving the afterpiece as Brown and the Brahmins or Captain Pop and the Princess Pretty eyes (sic!) or The Illustrious Stranger" - i.e. giving the whole of burlesque's pedigree.
The Victorian Plays Project, Volume 82
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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