John Bull, or an Englishman's Fireside
(See Wikipedia entry on John Bull for more information on the character.)
The original text
First written in 1802, first performed on 5 March 1803 at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden and published in 1805 in London by Longman, Hurst, Rees, It was Colman's most successful play.
Production history in South Africa
1815: Performed simply as John Bull by the Garrison Players, under the directorship of Mr Cuerton, in the African Theatre in Cape Town, on 7 April, followed by a "Harlequin Pantomime" (possibly by Mr Cuerton, cited in Dutch (by Bosman, 1928: p 146), as Oud tot Jong Gemaald, of De Krommesprongen van Harlequin).
1815: Presented in Cape Town, South Africa (apparently as John Bull or The Englishman's Fireside), under the patronage of the Governor by the Garrison Players in the African Theatre on 18 August, as a charity performance, intended to raise patriotism among the colonists during the Napoleonic war. As an afterpiece they performed The Anatomist (Ravenscroft).
1818: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the Gentlemen Amateurs, in association with Mr Cooke and his company of performers from the Theatre Royal, Liverpool, on Saturday, 28th March 1818, with Bombastes Furioso as afterpiece.
1822: Performed the African Theatre on 14th and 16th August, by the Garrison Players, along with High Life Below Stairs (Townley), as a charity performance for shipwreced sailors. An original Prologue was written and performed by Captain Straton, who also played "Roscius", and an Epilogue was sung by Dr M'Donnell in the role of "Dennis Brulgruddery". (Extracts from the texts are contained in Bosman, 1928: pp.180-182.)
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