The Virginia Mummy

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The Virginia Mummy is a Negro farce by Charles White (fl. mid 19th century).

The original text

Published by John Dicks, 1849 (as Issue 315 of Dicks' standard plays)

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1865: Performed as The Virginia Mummy in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 25 November, by Alfred Ray and The IOI Christy's Minstrels as part of a "Grand Combination Performance: the Christy's Farewell and the Dramatic Co." It was accompanied by songs, dances and recitals - including a "Grand Burlesque, Trial of Skill or Challenge Dance" and the commedietta called Cousin Tom (George Roberts), performed by the Ray and Cooper Company.

1865: Performed again by Alfred Ray and the IOI Christy's Minstrels in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 7 December. The play, now wrongly cited by Bosman as The Virginian Mummy, was accompanied by performances of The Lonely Man of the Ocean (Blake) and a performance by Francisco ("famous skate- and clog dancer from Niblo's Theatre, new York").


The Virginia Mummy: A Negro Farce, [1]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.192

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