Harlequin and Mother Goose, or The Golden Egg

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Harlequin and Mother Goose, or The Golden Egg is a pantomime written by Thomas Dibdin.

The original text

First played at Covent Garden in London in 1806, providing Joe Grimaldi with his most famous role.

Translations and adaptations

It is probable that later star performers adapted the actions of this work according to the time and place of performance, as well as their own skills. The work thus appears in a number of guises over time, not always credited to Dibdin. One such example may have been Clown and Goose (performed by Mr Charles West in 1833).

South African productions

1833: Performed as Clown and Goose by All the World's a Stage in Cape Town in the African Theatre, as part of an evening presented by the on 13 July, with Mr Charles West in the lead. Also shown were The Floating Beacon, or The Norwegian Wreckers (Fitzball), The Six Simpletons, or The Press Gang (a "ballet dance") and The First of April (Boaden).




F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp. 226-7

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