The Turnpike Gate

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The Turnpike Gate is a "Musical Entertainment, in Two Acts" by Thomas Knight (??-1820)[1].

The original text

Actually this is the libretto of a comic opera by this name, with a score by Joseph Mazzinghi and William Reeve. First performance November 14, 1799 at the Theatre Royal Covent Garden in 1799. The libretto (with the subtitle “A Musical Entertainment, in Two Acts “ credited to T.Knight), was published separately by G.G. and J. Robinson, 1799, the score by Mazzinghi and Reeve published by T. Woodfall, 1799,

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1817: Performed in Cape Town by the Garrison Players on 11 October, with Laugh When You Can (Reynolds), and The Mayor of Garratt (Foote)


Facsimile version of the fourth edition (1799) of the published text, Google eBook[2]

Margaret Ross Griffel. 2012. Operas in English: A Dictionary, Google eBook[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 150-1,

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