Cape Town Circus

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Cape Town Circus is a reference made to a company said to have been managed by a Mr Taylor, active in 1862. This is probably the Mr Taylor (fl. 1860's) who was a member of The Christy Minstrels troupe that also visited Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, as well as various smaller settlements in 1862. Hence the "Cape Town Circus" was probably not a reference to a circus per se, but more likely a reference to The Christy Minstrels troupe itself (or to some of the members).


William Dalrymple. 2006. The Last Mughal: The Fall of Delhi, 1857 Bloomsbury Publishers.

F.C.L. Bosman, 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.116

William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.

Entry on "Hiram W. Franklin 1825*-1862*", on the website - A Circus, Music-Hall & Theatre Family Website[1]

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