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Marcilina, 1848

Marcilina, 1848

This advertisement for the first original play staged in New Zealand appeared in the Wellington Independent newspaper on 5 July 1848. It shows that Marcilina, or the maid of Urnindorpt was followed by songs, including some by the play's author, James Marriott. The evening concluded with a popular farce, already well known to British theatregoers. Marcilina was apparently well received by its Wellington audience.

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Reference: Wellington Independent, 5 July 1848, p. 2

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Murray Edmond, 'Plays and playwrights - First New Zealand plays', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 29 October 2021)

Story by Murray Edmond, published 22 Oct 2014