Robinson Crusoe. A Christmas Pantomime

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Robinson Crusoe. A Christmas Pantomime is an adapted text written and produced by John Moss

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The text was created by John Moss for production by NAPAC in 1981, but - like most versions of Defoe's novel Robinson Crusoe - almost certainly owes much to Robinson Crusoe, or Friday and the Fairies, the 1868 pantomime by Henry J. Byron (1835-1884)[1], which is probably the main source for most of the pantomimes inspired by Defoe's novel.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1981: A version by John Moss performed by NAPAC, directed by John Moss at the Playhouse Theatre, Durban.

1983/84: The John Moss version presented by PACT, directed by John Moss at the State Theatre, Pretoria. Designer Hugh Durrant, musical director Howard Morgan, choreographer Rosemary Brandt, lighting Tim Heale, costume co-ordinator Bronwen Lovegrove. The cast included Paul Andrews, Johan Engelbrecht, Jocelyn Broderick, James Borthwick, Frantz Dobrowsky, Peter Se-Puma, John Lesley, David Crichton, Schalk Schoombie, Karin Jerg and others.


Robinson Crusoe theatre programme, PACT, 1983/84.

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