Het Fancy Bal!!!

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Het Fancy Bal!!! ("The Fancy Ball!!!") is a one-act Dutch comic ballet by an unknown author/choreographer.

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The 19th century saw a number of vaudeville-style performances of sketches and ballet's using the term Fancy Ball in their titles. Most often by an unknown author or devised by the cast of the particular performance.

In this respect, see also The Fancy Ball, A Fancy Ball and A Fancy Dress Ball

This is the earliest mentioned as being performed in South Africa.

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Performance history in South Africa

1836: First performed (as Het Fancy Bal!!!) on 10 September in the African Theatre, Cape Town by Vlyt en Kunst. The rest of the programme consisted of Montoni (Duval/Bruggemans), Nognetzoo (Boniface) and an interlude, described as a "zeer prachtig Transparant" ("a very beautiful transparency") by Mr Poortemans. Music was provided by the musical group De Vriendschap. The evening was as a benefit (and revenge?) for the secretary J.J. de Kock, who had lost a litigation case against Joseph Suasso de Lima, the but of the satire in the play.


D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp. 337

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.244

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