The First of April

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The First of April is a farce by Caroline Boaden

The original text

A play offering a series of practical jokes, written in pantomimic style, the play was first performed to great popularity at the Theatre Royal Haymarket on August 31, 1830. Published by J. Cumberland 1830

Translations and adaptations

South African productions

1833: Performed in Cape Town in the African Theatre by the All the World's a Stage on 13 July, with The Six Simpletons, or The Press Gang (a "ballet dance"), and a new pantomime, Clown and Goose, performed by Mr Charles West.


Facsimile version of the 1830 text, Google E-Book[1]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928[2]: pp. 227