The West Indian

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The West Indian is a comedy by Richard Cumberland (1732 – 1811)[1].

The original text

It was first staged at the Drury Lane Theatre in 1771.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1807: Performed by the Garrison Players in the African Theatre, Cape Town on 25 July, with Tom Thumb (Fielding). Mrs Kinniburgh was among the players.

1808: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the Garrison Players on 21 May, with The Agreeable Surprise (O'Keeffe).

1967: This play was the first full-length presentation by CAPAB specially produced for performance to high school pupils. It was produced by Limpie Basson who was also one of the cast members. Other cast members were Ernst Eloff, Jannie Gildenhuys, Johan van Jaarsveld, Etienne Pienaar, Nerina Ferreira, Antoinette Terblanche, Woutrine Theron, Christine Basson and Heléne Carstens. Martin Crous was the stage manager.


The West Indian theatre programme, CAPAB 1967.

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 72, 75,

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