The Birthday, or the Prince of Arragon

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The Birthday, or the Prince of Arragon is a two act musical play by John O'Keeffe (1747–1833)[1].

(Also written The Birth Day or The Birth-Day.)

The original text

Described as "A dramatick piece with songs in two acts [and in prose]", it was a special piece to celebrate the twenty-first birthday of the prince of Wales.

First performed in London at the Theatre-Royal Haymarket in 1783.

Performance history in South Africa

1812: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the Garrison Players on 12 October, (using the title The Birth Day , and apparently billed as a comedy in 3 acts), with Silvester Daggerwood (Colman, Jr) and The Apprentice (Murphy) .

1818: Performed on 5 September in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the Gentlemen Amateurs with the help of Mr Cooke and his company of ladies. Also played was The Miller and his Men (Pocock).

Translations and adaptations


National Library of Ireland catalogue[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 143

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