The King's Command

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The King's Command is a farce in two acts by C. Pelham Thompson (fl. 1814)[1]

The original text

Performed at the Adelphi Theatre, London, in 1835, printed and published by J. Duncombe in 1835. Apparently 4 editions appeared that year.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1847 First produced in South Africa on 20 August, 1847 by W.F.H. Parker and a company called the New English Theatrical Company in the Drury Lane Theatre in Cape Town. A reviewer called it an "admired historical Drama" rather than a farce. The performance apparently opened each act with a chorus, and the evening also included a rustic dance, two comic songs and the farce Damp Beds (Parry). Performers included Mr Miller, Mr Etton, Mr Rogers, Mr Hughes, Mr Herbert, Mr Tilbury, Mrs Parker and Mrs Hughes. The Company Manager was W.F.H. Parker and the Stage Manager Mr H. Hughes

1851 Performed again by the New English Theatrical Company in the Drury Lane Theatre, this time with The Middy Ashore (Bernard) as afterpiece.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 417-423.

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