Fitzosbert's Dream

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Fitzosbert's Dream is an interlude by Lance-Corporal W. Allan.

The original text

The interlude was prepared especially for the Amateurs of the Band (North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot)in September 1862.

Possibly based on a scene from Jane Taylor's melodramatic novel The Authoress: A Tale (Taylor and Hessey, 1819), which contains the character "Lionel Fitzosbert".

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1862: Performed by the Amateurs of the Band (North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot) on September 29, in the Garrison Theatre, Keiskama Hoek, with a cast consisting of J. Davies (Lionel Fitzosbert), W. Allan (Oscar Fitzosbert), J. Griffin (Arthur, his son), A. Jameson and J. Grennan (two ghosts). The evening included The Eddystone Elf (Pitt), comic songs by J. M'Kechnie, and the farce Slasher and Crasher (Morton). (For more on contemporary responses to the performances, see the entry on the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot)

(North Lincoln Sphinx, Vol 1, No 14, Keiskama Hoek, December 10, 1862, page 270.)


Facsimile version of the 1819 edition of The Authoress, Google E-book[1]

North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 14. December 10th 1862.

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