Ixion, or The Man at the Wheel

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Ixion, or The Man at the Wheel is an "Original Extravaganza" by Francis Cowley Burnand (1836-1917)[1].

Also found simply as Ixion.

The original text

First performed at the New Royalty Theatre, London, on 28 September, 1863, and published as a Lacy's Acting Edition by T.H. Lacy in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1865: According to a reviewer in The Cape Argus of 28 December, 1865, Burnand's play was partly plagiarized in the opening scene ("The Depths of Darkness, and Mystic Still and Laboratory of the Demon Alcohol") of the hugely extravagant Christmas Pantomime of Little Jack Horner, or Harlequin A.B.C., put on by Alfred Ray and R.S. Cooper in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 26-7 December.

1866: Performed as part of Little Jack Horner, or Harlequin A.B.C. for two more nights (4 and 6 January) in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Messrs Ray and Cooper.


Facsimile version of the original 1863 text, Hathi Trust Digital Library[2]


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.199

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