The Cabinet

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The Cabinet is a comic opera in three acts by Thomas Dibdin (1771-1841)(

The original text

Based on a story taken from an old ballad named "Old Bull", the work was first performed in London at the Theatre-Royal, Covent-Garden, on Tuesday, February 9th, 1802, with music by J. Moorhead, Braham and others. The work contains the popular song "The Bird Duet" (with music by Braham). Published in London by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme, 1805(without the music).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1818: "The Bird Duet" form the play was sung by Mr Cooke and Mrs Cooke on the 26th September, as an interlude between The Wandering Boys (Pixérécourt) and The Miller and his Men (Pocock), performed in the African Theatre by the Gentlemen Amateurs and Mr Cooke and his company.


Facsimile version of the 1805 text, Hathi Trust Digital Archive (digitized by Internet Archive)[1]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 155.

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