Robinson Crusoe, or Harlequin Friday

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Robinson Crusoe, or Harlequin Friday is a grand pantomime, in two acts, by Richard Brinsley Sheridan (1751-1816)[1]

The original text

A pantomime version of Daniel Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe, this was first performed at the Drury Lane Theatre in 1781 and in adapted form at the Theatre-Royal, Newcastle-upon-Tyne in 1791.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1813: Performed 23 October by Mr Cuerton's company, in association with the Garrison Players in the African Theatre, as afterpiece to The Village Lawyer (Macready?).

1813: Repeated on 6 November , with a new dance entitled The Sailor and His Bottle, followed by a whistling performance of folk songs by Mr Cuerton.


David Worrall. 2015. Harlequin Empire: Race, Ethnicity and the Drama of the Popular Enlightenment. Routledge (p. 25)[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 144-5

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