The Alabama: A Nautical Extravaganza

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The Alabama: A Nautical Extravaganza is a one-act "extravaganza" by John Maddison Morton (1811–1891)[1].

The original text

According to Bennet (2008, p. 111) it was apparently a reworking of an earlier piece by Morton called Her Majesty's Sloop Spitfire, and was produced in London at the Theater Royal, Drury Lane (7-19 March 1864).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1867: Performed as an "interesting Extravaganza" in the Theatre Royal, Harrington Street, Cape Town by Le Roy's Original Company on 12 April, under the patronage of the "Stewards of the Races". The programme also included a repeat appearance by J.C. Howard in Aurora Floyd (Braddon), a rendering of the song The Slave Ship by Mr Spencer and a comic song by Mr Ray.


John D. Bennett. 2008. The London Confederates: The Officials, Clergy, Businessmen and Journalists who Backed the American South During the Civil War. McFarland: p. 111.[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 222

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