Cousin Tom

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Cousin Tom is a commedietta in one act by George Roberts (as "Robert Walters", fl 1860s)

The original text

Licence sent 6 June 1863 for the first performance at the Princess's Theatre, London. Published in Lacy's, vol. 58, no. 870. Also published in Spencer's Universal Stage in the 1870s.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1865: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 25 November, as part of a "Grand Combination Performance: the Christy's Farewell and the Dramatic Co." by the Ray and Cooper Company. It was accompanied by songs, dances and recitals - including a "Grand Burlesque, Trial of Skill or Challenge Dance" by the Christy's Minstrels and the farce of The Virginia Mummy (Anon.). The company was recently arrived back from Port Elizabeth, where they had presumably also performed the play.


Plays Licensed in 1863 - Royal Holloway[1]

Advert in George Melville Baker. 1876. The Duchess of Dublin: A Farce. Library of Alexandria[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.192

Allardyce Nicoll. 2009. History of English Drama, 1660-1900, Volume 5, Part 2 Cambridge University Press[3]

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