Father and Son, or The Rock of La Charbonniere

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Father and Son, or The Rock of La Charbonniere is a drama in two acts by Edward Fitzball (1792–1873)[1].

Also given as Father and Son, or The Rock of Charbonniere in some sources, or often simply as Father and Son.

The original text

First performed at Covent Garden on February 28, 1825, though not to great success, and was revived as Antoine: The Savage, at the Coburg, on August 4, 1828.

The play was apparently billed as the Savage of the Rocks when the role of Antoine was performed by Ira Aldridge in 1852-1855, though originally appeared more conventionally as Father and Son, or as Father and Son, or The Rocks of La Charbonniere, in programmes for earlier performances of this play and Robinson Crusoe in Lancashire, 1846 (when he appeared under his pseudonym of the "African Roscius")[2].

Published in London by J. Cumberland, 183? and Davidson, 183?.

Translations and adaptations

South African performances

1826: Performed for the first time in Cape Town on 26 June by the English Comedy in the Cape Town Theatre, under the inaccurate title of Father and Son, or The Rocks of la Charbonière, with as afterpiece Sharp and Flat (Lawler). Done as a benefit for Mr Whiley.



Larry Stephen Clifton. 1993. The Terrible Fitzball: The Melodramatist of the Macabre: p. 186[3]

Bernth Lindfors. 2013. Ira Aldridge: Performing Shakespeare in Europe, 1852-1855: p. 249[4]

Facsimile version of the 1860 the French's Acting Edition, HathiTrust Digital Library[5]


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [6]: pp. 200,

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