Our Trip to the Rhine

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Our Trip to the Rhine is a comic sketch by George Isaacs (1825-1876)[1]

Also found simply as Trip to the Rhine.

The original text

Written specifically to suit the various skills of the popular British actress Joyce Egerton by George Isaacs in 1864. It was performed by Joyce Egerton and George Case (Mrs Case and Mr Case), opening in Melbourne in late 1864 and opened in Adelaide in March 1865, going on to other parts of the empire, including South Africa.

Translations and adaptations

It would become Isaacs's most successful stage work, performed all over the world, in various versions.

Performance history in South Africa

1878: Presented by the Egerton and Case Company (as Trip to the Rhine, according to F.C.L. Bosman, 1980) as a benefit for Joyce Egerton, and featuring herself and her husband, George Case, in the Athenaeum Hall, Cape Town, on 16 August. Also performed were two sketches by Sutton Vane, Christopher Colly-wobble and The Old Cane Chair.


Anne Black. 2013. A Colonial Wordsmith: George Isaacs in Adelaide, 1860-1870, In: Philip Butterss. 2013. Adelaide: a literary city. University of Adelaide Press: pp. 39-56. JStor[2]


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.372

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