The Children in the Wood

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The Children in the Wood is a two-act musical entertainment by Thomas Morton (1764–1838) [1].

The original text

First performed at the Haymarket 1 October 1793. A pirated edition published in Dublin, 1794. Printed for John Rice

Performance history in South Africa

1831: Performed in Cape Town by All the World's a Stage in the Cape Town Theatre as The Children of the Wood on 23 June, with Richard the Third, or The Battle of Bosworth's Field (Shakespeare).

1837: Brought to in Cape Town as a part of a puppet show put on by the so-called "Automata" or "Automaton Figures", large mechanical puppets, by W.F.H. Parker in 1837. It was performed (under its correct title of The Children in the Wood), along with Polander, the dramatic play The Enchanted Turk and Joey Grimaldi's Trip to Brentford.

Translations and adaptations


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 216, 231

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