The Golden Farmer, or The Last Crime

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The Golden Farmer, or The Last Crime is a domestic drama, in two acts by Benjamin Webster (1797-1882)[1]

Often simply referred to as The Golden Farmer.

The original text

First acted at the Coburg Theatre, London on 26 December, 1832, and printed in Cumberland's Minor Theatre, vol. vi.

In America published as The Golden Farmer, or Vell, vot ov it? (Turner & Fisher, Philadelphia,1836); or, Vell, vot ov it?; The Golden Farmer (New York, Berford & co., 1847) and The Golden Farmer, or Jemmy Twitcher in England (Samuel French, New York, 186?).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1853: Performed as The Golden Farmer, or The Last Crime in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town, by an amateur company, possibly members of Lycett's Company, with How to Pay the Rent (Power).

1859: Performed as The Golden Farmer in the Cape Town Theatre, by Charles Fraser and his company on 5 April, with To Paris and Back for £5 (Morton). They were assisted by "few men and the Band of the 59th Regiment.


Facsimile of the 1836 text[2],_William_(1627-1690)_(DNB00)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 421-2

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.124

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