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Ion is a tragedy in verse by Thomas Noon Talfourd (1795 –1854)[1].

The original text

The play tells of the voluntary sacrifice of Ion, king of Argos, in response to the Delphic oracle, which had declared that only with the extinction of the reigning family could the prevailing pestilence incurred by the deeds of that family be removed.

Privately printed in 1835 and produced the following year at Covent Garden theatre.

Performance history in South Africa

1854: Performed by the City Amateur Theatrical Society on Wednesday, 26th July in the Dutch Company's Bree Street Theatre (corner of Dorp Street), Cape Town. It followed on Hamlet (Act 3), A Race for a Dinner (Rodwell) and The Secret (Morris).

Translations and adaptations


Facsimile Version of the 1835 text, HathiTrust Digital Library[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 426

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