Don Juan, or The Libertine Destroyed
The original text
Founded on The Libertine a tragedy written by Thomas Shadwell (1642 –1692) in 1676 (published by Henry Herringman in the same year). The pantomimic version was first performed at the Theatre-Royal, Drury-Lane, on Tuesday, the 26th. of October, 1790, "with songs, duets and choruses by Mr Reeve and music by Mr Gluck".
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Performance history in South Africa
1814: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town as a "grand ballet" (attributed to Thomas Shadwell) on 16 April by Mr Cuerton's company, in association with the Garrison Players, followed by a pantomime called Three Witches, or Harlequin Reanimated.
1860: A performance of a pantomime of Don Juan formed part of the repertoire of the M'Collum's Circus, which played to acclaim in Cape Town for five months. Bosman (1980: p.140) suggests this may be a version based on Shadwell's play The Libertine.)
David Erskine Baker 1812. Biographia Dramatica: Names of dramas: A-L. Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, and Brown
Facsimile version of Shadwell's The Libertine (1676). Digitized by Google and uploaded to the Internet Archive
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