The Irish Lion

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The Irish Lion is a farce in one act by John Baldwin Buckstone (1802-1879)[1]

The original text

First performed at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket and the Park Theatre in 1838,

Published in New York by Samuel French (The Minor Drama XXVII, 1856) and De Witt Publishing House, 1857 (Issue 243 of De Witt's acting plays).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1866: Performed by the pupils of St Mary's Convent School[2], Cape Town, on 13 July, with The Royal Brothers (Anon.)

1875: Performed in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck and his company on 21 July, with The Streets of London (Boucicault)


Facsimile version of the 1856 edition by Samuel French, Hathi Trust Digital Library[3]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 271, 325.

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