No Song, No Supper

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No Song, No Supper is an operatic afterpiece in two acts, with a libretto by Prince Hoare (1755 – 1834)[1] and music by Stephen Storace (1762 – 1796)[2].

The original text

The first performance was at the Drury Lane Theatre in London, on April 16, 1790 as a benefit performance.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1815: Announced for performance in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the Garrison Players on 7 October, with as afterpiece Folly As It Flies (Reynolds), but postponed to 14 October.

1818: Presented in Cape Town on 31 January by the Gentlemen Amateurs in the African Theatre, with Mrs Cooke in the role of "Magrietta". It was played as an afterpiece to Lovers' Vows (Inchbald/Kotzebue).


Facsimile text of No Song, No Supper[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 147, 152-3.

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