Hans, the Boatman

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Hans, the Boatman is a musical comedy in 3 acts by Clay M. Greene (1850-1933)[ https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clay_M._Greene]

Also found as Hans the Boatman.

The original text

Called "an idyl of the Adirondacks", the text was apparently written for the Anglo-Dutch comedian Charles Arnold, who "created" the role of "Hans" and performed it across the globe.

Arnold first performed it in England on 7 March, 1887 at the Theatre Royal Sheffield and first appeared in London at the Grand Theatre on 4 July 1887. Performed at Hooley's Theatre, on April 6, 1890)

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa


J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1890-1899: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. (Second, revised edition, p. 423). Scarecrow Press, Google E-book[1]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.203-205

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