Clown and Goose

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Clown and Goose is a pantomime by an anonymous author.

The original text

There is no text available under this name, but it is possibly a variation (and/or a cryptic renaming) of Harlequin and Mother Goose, or The Golden Egg by Thomas Dibdin (1771–1841)[1], which had been first played at Covent Garden in London in 1806, providing the famous clown Joseph Grimaldi (1778–1837)[2] with his most celebrated role as "Joey". It is thus probable that later star performers adapted the theme and actions according to their own specialty skills and the time and place of performance, and that this was simply an adapted version of the original Dibdin work.

South African productions

1833: Performed by All the World's a Stage in Cape Town in the African Theatre, as part of an evening presented by the on 13 July, with Mr Charles West in the lead. Also shown were The Floating Beacon, or The Norwegian Wreckers (Fitzball), The Six Simpletons, or The Press Gang (a "ballet dance") and The First of April (Boaden).


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 226-7

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