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Crinoline is an original farce in one act by Robert B. Brough (1828-1860)[1]

The original text

Set in London in 1856, it was first performed at the Royal Olympic Theatre, London in 1856 and the Boston Theatre in 1857. Published by William V. Spencer, Boston, (as no XCVI in his series).

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Performance history in South Africa

1861: Produced by Officers of the Regiment (North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot) in the Garrison Theatre, Grahamstown on 9 and 12 September, with Box and Cox (Morton) and Only a Halfpenny (Oxenford). The cast consisted of The cast for Crinoline, included: Sergeant J. Lydon (Mr Coobiddy, a commercial gentleman in Manchester trade, aged 29), W. J. B. Martin Esq., (Captain Le Brown), R. Johnson Esq., (John Liptrot, also an officer of the Blues, aged 30), Sergeant T. M'Kay (Jacob Grimes, a representative of the Industrial Interests), W. Malcolm Esq., (Mrs Coobiddy, the commercial gent's wife, aged 23), Corporal J. Davies (Bella, the commercial gentleman's niece, aged 19), Captain C. A. Armstrong (Miss Tite, a fashionable spinster, aged ?), Captain C. A. Armstrong (Nancy Bitters, a domestic servant, with an excellent character from her last place, but not so well provided for her next, aged 37). (For more on contemporary responses to the performances, see the entry on the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot)


Facsimile version of the Spencer edition, The Internet Archive[2]

North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 8. September 30, 1861.

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