The King's Gardener, or Nipped in the Bud

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The King's Gardener, or Nipped in the Bud is a burletta, in one act by Charles Selby (1802?-1863)[].

Also found as The King's Gardener, or Nipped in the Bud! or (in Bosman, 1980) listed as King's Gardener, or Nipped in the Bud.

The original text

First performed at The Strand Theatre, London, on 1 April, 1839 and published in London by Thomas Hailes Lacy, probably in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1861: Apparently performed as King's Gardener, or Nipped in the Bud by the Sefton Parry and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 17 and 20 June with The Flowers of the Forest (Buckstone) and a dance by Lizzie Powell.


Facsimile version of the Thomas Hailes Lacy text of 1839(?)[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 1923. (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. 97, 105-6.

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.

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