The Six Simpletons, or The Press Gang

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The Six Simpletons, or The Press Gang is a "ballet dance" by an unknown choreographer, possibly a local dance teacher.

The original text

Nothing is known of this stage work, besides the fact that a"ballet dance" by this name was done in Cape Town in 1833. However, it may have been created by the company, based on the hilarious press-gang incidents related in the Frederick Marryat's novel Peter Simple, first serialized in 1833.

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South African performances

1833: First performed in Cape Town in the African Theatre by the All the World's a Stage on 13 July, with The Floating Beacon (Fitzball), The First of April (Boaden) and a new pantomime, Clown and Goose, performed by Mr Charles West.


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [1]: pp. 226-7.

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