My American Cousin, or A Slight Misunderstanding

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My American Cousin, or A Slight Misunderstanding is a one act play said to be by "a Gentleman of Cape Town".

The original text

Described as "a Petite New Drama in 1 Act, written expressly for Mrs Tellett by A Gentleman of Cape Town". Unfortunately no further information is available on the play or the author, though it may possibly be the same unknown person who had written the one act farce, A Young Man in a Hurry, in 1858.

The play in turn may have been inspired by Taylor's popular 1858 play Our American Cousin (or at least by the title of that play).

No text of the play seems to have been published.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1862: performed by Mrs Tellett and her company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 23 June, 1862, as an afterpiece to Madeleine, or The Daughter of the Regiment (Stirling).


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.131, 180

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