The Irish Tiger

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The Irish Tiger is a farce in one act by J.M. Morton (1811-1891)[1]

The original text

Apparently first performed at the Royal Haymarket Theatre in April 1846 and published in London by T.H. Lacy in the same year. It was later performed in various theatres in the USA (circa 1859) and published in New York by Samuel French in 1859(?)

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1862: Performed as The Irish Tiger in the Eastern Cape village of Keiskama Hoek's Garrison Theatre by the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot on June 21, with a cast that included J. F. Gay (Sir Charles Lavender), J. M'Kechnie (Alderman Marrowfat), F. Girton (Mr Bilberry), W. Dansie (Paddy Ryan, The Irish Tiger), F. Doherty (John), B. Buckley (Miss Julia Marrowfat), J. Davies (Nancy). Also performed was a scene from Alarcos (Disraeli), followed by Locked in with A Lady (Addison). (For more on contemporary responses to the performances, see the entry on the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot)


Facsimile version of the Samuel French edition, Hathi Trust Digital Library[2]

North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 13, July 23, 1862. (Keiskama Hoek)

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