Harlequin - the pantomime

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Harlequin - the pantomime or simply Harlequin, was a pantomimic work that was performed in Cape Town in the mid 19th century.

See also Harlequin.

The original text

According to F.C.L. Bosman (1928: p. 434) it was a "laughing pantomime[1]" by an unknown author. Possibly devised by the performers on the basis of the traditional Harlequin character, though nothing more is known of the original text or the performance.

Performances in South Africa

1847: Harlequin performed in Buitekant Street, Cape Town by The Italian Circus of Signor Severo and Signor Dalle Case.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 434.

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