The Prize, or 2,5,3,8,

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The Prize, or 2,5,3,8, is a musical farce in two acts by Prince Hoare (1755-1834)[1].

The original text

First performed by His Majesty's company, with music by Storace. Published in Dublin by F. Farquhar,1793.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as De Lotery Prys, of No. 2,5,3,8, by an anonymous Cape Town Amateur for the company Door Yver Bloeit de Kunst.

Performance history in South Africa

1815: Performed in Cape Town by the English Theatricals company (former Garrison Players) in the African Theatre on 23 September, with Speed the Plough (Morton)

1853: Performed in the Dutch as De Lotery Prys, of No. 2,5,3,8, by Door Yver Bloeit de Kunst in the Bree Street Theatre, Cape Town on 28 April ( repeated on 3 May). It was done as afterpiece to Rozella en Guido, of Het Regt der Natuur (Westerman). The company wrongly claims - at least in the case of De Lotery Prys - that "Beide Stukken zullen voor de eerste maal op het Kaapsch Tooneel vertoond worden" (i.e. "the two works are seen on the Cape stage for the first time").


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 147, 457, 496,

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