The Waterman, or The First of August
The original text
First performed at the Theatre-Royal, Haymarket. Published in London by London by T. Becket, 1774.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1862: Performed as by Sefton Parry and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 4 April, with The Honeymoon (Tobin). The evening a benefit for James Leffler. The piece is described as a "Comic Opera" containing a number of songs, but Bosman (1980: footnote on p. 112) wonders whether this may not in fact have been the shorter version by Young and Pascal.
1868: Performed by the Le Roy and Duret company in the Commercial Exchange, Cape Town, on 3 February, with The Loan of a Lover (Planché) and songs by D'Arcy Read and Mr Toogood. The evening a benefit for Elsie Sidney and D'Arcy Read.
1875: Performed as The Waterman (and seemingly ascribed to "Chas. Dickens") by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, on 24 and 25 May, with La Somnambula (Moncrieffe) and scenes from Shakespeare's The Merchant of Venice. The evening of the 24th was a "Regatta Night" under the patronage of the Regatta & Table Bay Rowing Club.
"The waterman: or, the first of August: a ballad opera, in two acts. As it is performed at the Theatre-Royal, Hay-Market", Great Writers Inspire.
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