J. Stonely (fl. 1860s) was a British officer stationed at Cape Town, and amateur playwright and performer.
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He was a member of the 9th Regiment dramatic society, where he was both an amateur performer (of plays, as well as gymnastic displays and jesting) and a playwright. Strongly associated in these activities with J. Connors (sometimes joined by Master Stapleton), and a group of "jesters" including G. Wickstead, R. Britten - and later C. Davis, J. Hodge and J. Allen.
His plays include a pantomime called The Courtier and the Shoemaker (1867), performed on 4 April 1867, as part of a "Dramatic and Gymnastic Display" which was given as a benefit for him by the 9th Regiment, in association with Mrs Cooper. Also performed was The Warlock of the Glen (Walker).
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