The Poor Gentleman is a comedy, in five acts by George Colman, the Younger (1762-1836).
The original text
First performed at the Theatre-Royal, Covent-Garden on the 11th of February 1801. Printed by A. Strahan, for T. N. Longman and O. Rees, 1802.
Translations and Adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1808: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the Officers of the Garrison on 12 September, with The Padlock (Bickerstaffe and Dibdin). Among the performers was a certain Billy Pitt.
1809: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the Officers of the Garrison on 13 February as afterpiece to Katharine and Petruchio (Shakespeare/Garrick)
1812: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town on 3 August by the Garrison Players, with Hoare's Lock and Key as afterpiece (though cited by Bosman as The Lock and Key.)
1812: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town on 7 September by the Garrison Players, with The Waterman, or The First of August(Dibdin).
1816: Presented in Cape Town on Saturday 20 April by the Garrison Players in the African Theatre, with as afterpiece Raising the Wind (Kenney).
1822: Played by the Garrison Players on 4 October 1822 in the African Theatre, with The Irishman in London (Macready) as afterpiece.
1822: Played by the Garrison Players on 12 October 1822 in the African Theatre, with Amoroso, King of Little Britain (Planché) as afterpiece.
1824: Played by the Garrison Players on 5 November in the African Theatre, with The Irishman in London (Macready) as a benefit for Mrs Green and Mrs Johnson.
1828: Played by the Gentlemen Amateur Company (probably a reference to the Garrison Players) in August, in the African Theatre, with Billy Button (Astley).
1836: Performed in Cape Town by the Garrison Players on 23 September, with The Miller and his Men (Pocock) as afterpiece.
F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. : pp.77, 143, 149, 182, 186, 193, 196
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