The Cunning Wife, or The Lover in the Sack

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The Cunning Wife, or The Lover in the Sack is the first known production of an original ballet-pantomime(or ballet d'action[1]) to be staged in South Africa.

The provenance of the original text is unknown, but it was choreographed and staged by a J.L. Petersen and his pupils in the Afrikaansche Schouwburg on Monday 28 June , 1802, in celebration of the King's birthday. It was performed alongside The Little Hunchback, or A Frolic in Bagdad (O'Keeffe), the interlude of The Magic Zone and The Devil to Pay, or The Wives Metamorphosed (Coffey).


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp.68-9., 109

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