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Inverness Theatre Bill advertising the drama 'Brazilian Ape'
EXTERNAL ID
Z_GB232_D313_12
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Inverness
OLD COUNTY/PARISH
INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona
PERIOD
1840s
SOURCE
Highland Archive Centre
ASSET ID
4688
KEYWORDS
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playbills
theatre bills
plays
tragedies
farces
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dance
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Inverness Theatre Bill advertising the drama 'Brazilian Ape'

An Inverness theatre playbill, for Friday 15 July 1842. The evening commenced with a performance of the Shakespearean tragedy 'Macbeth!'. This was followed by an appearance by Mons. (Monsieur) Gouffe, 'contortionist and man-monkey'.

Mons. Gouffe played the part of 'Jocko (Island Ape)' in the drama 'Brazilian Ape'. The different incidents in the drama included 'Grotesque Appearance Of The Brazilian Ape' and 'Monsieur Gouffe's Wonderful Feats On The Bamboo Tree And The Rope, Concluding With Hanging Himself By The Neck!!!' This was claimed to be 'a feat that is acknowledged to surpass anything ever attempted in this kingdom!'. The drama ends with the 'dreadful fate of the vessel and death of Jocko'.

The Latin words 'Vivant Regina Et Princeps', translating as 'Long Live the Queen and Prince' are printed at the bottom of the playbill. This referred to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.

The first theatre in Inverness is said to have dated from 1805 and was situated on what was once called Theatre Lane, near Inglis Street


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Inverness Theatre Bill advertising the drama 'Brazilian Ape'

INVERNESS: Inverness and Bona

1840s

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An Inverness theatre playbill, for Friday 15 July 1842. The evening commenced with a performance of the Shakespearean tragedy 'Macbeth!'. This was followed by an appearance by Mons. (Monsieur) Gouffe, 'contortionist and man-monkey'.<br /> <br /> Mons. Gouffe played the part of 'Jocko (Island Ape)' in the drama 'Brazilian Ape'. The different incidents in the drama included 'Grotesque Appearance Of The Brazilian Ape' and 'Monsieur Gouffe's Wonderful Feats On The Bamboo Tree And The Rope, Concluding With Hanging Himself By The Neck!!!' This was claimed to be 'a feat that is acknowledged to surpass anything ever attempted in this kingdom!'. The drama ends with the 'dreadful fate of the vessel and death of Jocko'. <br /> <br /> The Latin words 'Vivant Regina Et Princeps', translating as 'Long Live the Queen and Prince' are printed at the bottom of the playbill. This referred to Queen Victoria and Prince Albert.<br /> <br /> The first theatre in Inverness is said to have dated from 1805 and was situated on what was once called Theatre Lane, near Inglis Street <br /> <br /> <br /> For further information about this item and the collection to which it belongs, please <a href="mailto: archives@highlifehighland.com">email</a> the Highland Archive Service