The Gipsy Farmer, or Jack and Jack's Brother

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The Gipsy Farmer, or Jack and Jack's Brother is a drama in two acts by J.B. Johnstone (1803-1891)

Also known as Jack and Jack's Brother


The original text

First performed in March 1849 at the Surrey Theatre, London, and also performed 1854, 1855, 1856, 1861, 1862, 1863.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1869: Performed as The Gipsy Farmer, or Jack and Jack's Brother by the Lanarkshire Dramatic Club (amateur players from the 99th Regiment) in the Oddfellows Hall, Cape Town, on 19 May, with A Nice Quiet Day (Hipkins and Murray) and "I always was a Swell", a comic song sung "in character" by R. Norcliffe.

1869: Performed as The Gipsy Farmer, or Jack and Jack's Brother by the Lanarkshire Dramatic Club (amateur players from the 99th Regiment) in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town, on 2 June, with Jack in the Green (Lemon) and a comic song sung "in costume" by R. Norcliffe.

1878: Performed as Jack and Jack's Brother by the Disney Roebuck company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on "Regatta Night", 24 May, with The Captain's not a Miss (Wilks) and "the main scenes from Robinson Crusoe" (Defoe/ Byron)

1878: Performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 13 July, with East Lynne (Wood)

Sources

The Victorian Plays Project, Electronic Catalogue - Volume 36[1]

http://karenphotographs.com/afamilyalbum/johnelizasouthbeer.htm

Allardyce Nicoll. 2009. History of English Drama 1660-1900. Cambridge University Press: p. 247[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 264, 341, 369, 370

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