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Based loosely on a pair of stories in Miguel de Cervantes' Don Quixote (1605). It was first performed in London at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket, on Saturday, August 3, 1793, and had 25 performances. There were many revivals in later years.
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Performances in South Africa
1815: Presented in English in the African Theatre, Cape Town on 22 July by a "Society of Amateurs", i.e. former members of Mr Cuerton's Company, with Fortune's Frolic (Allingham) as an afterpiece . The evening is a benefit for Miss Delamore, whom Cuerton had apparently left penniless in Cape Town when he left. (The plays announced in the Kaapsche Courant in Dutch as De Bergbewoonders and Fortuins Vrolykheid.)
1817: Announced once more for performance by the Garrison Players in the African Theatre on 13 September, with Captain Carter as "Octavian", and The Adopted Child (Birch) as afterpiece, but not performed, due to the death of Captain Thomas Sheridan. The plays were eventually performed on 20 September.
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