The 59th Regiment of the British forces was stationed in Cape Town, and the brass orchestra of this company performed as part of the programme in some theatrical performances by the Royal Alfred Dramatic Club in the new Theatre Royal (opened in 1860). Possibly some of the officers and men were involved as performers as well.
The commanding officer was apparently Col. Burmeister, and the director of the orchestra was a Herr Werthal.
In 1859 they performed as an interlude with the Cape Town Theatrical Club on several occasions, including:
22 March: The Evil Genius (Bernard) and The Lady of Lyons, or Two-penny Pride and Penny-Tence (Byron), with a performance of the brass band of the 59th Regiment.
6 October: As part of a large Volunteers Parade in Durbanville, they club, in association with other amateurs, presented the burlesque Frederick of Prussia, or The Monarch and the Mimic (Selby) and Whitebait at Greenwich (Morton), with a performance of the brass band of the 59th Regiment.
In 1860 they performed as an interlude with the Royal Alfred Dramatic Club in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 25 November , with the plays Dido, The Queen of Carthage (Durnand) and The Irish Tutor (Butler) and on 3 December, with Dido, The Queen of Carthage (Durnand) and Who Do You Take Me For? (Morton?).
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