The P.L., or, 30 Strand!

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The P.L., or, 30 Strand!, is a burletta in one act by Mark Lemon (1809–1870)[1]

The original text

A satire on the spate of advertising and creative placement of advertising rife in London at in the 1830s, with Warren's Blacking at the forefront.

First performed in London at the New Strand Theatre on 25 April 1836. Published in 1836 by J. Duncombe as a libretto with untitled songs (without music) and apparently "The only edition correctly marked, by permission, from the prompter's book."

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as Warren's Blacking, 30 Strand by "een Amateur" ("an Amateur")

Performance history in South Africa

1835: Performed on 13 June in Dutch as Warren's Blacking, 30 Strand (translated from the English by "an Amateur") in the Kaapsche Liefhebbery Tooneel ("The Cape Amateur Theatre") by the Dutch amateur company Vlyt en Kunst, as afterpiece to as Pizarro (Kotzebue).


John Strachan. 2007. Advertising and Satirical Culture in the Romantic Period (Cambridge University Press) P. 101.,_Mark_(DNB00)

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 333-4, 374

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