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Mainstream, VOL LIX No 28, New Delhi, June 26, 2021

Photo of the bill announcing the Dec 1857 play in London in response to the Indian Mutiny

Friday 25 June 2021

In Christmas week 1857 in London .... there was a play being performed in London at the Astley’s Amphitheatre, December 1857 it covered the Indian Uprising or ‘Indian Mutiny’, the relief of the siege of Cawnpore (Kanpur) and its aftermath, and finally the assault on Delhi and its capture by British troops. These events took place from May to September 1857. The play opened in London on 25 November 1857, just two months later. It portrayed these events, as both popular entertainment and a dramatized news production.


  • The report in The Guardian, 30 June 1857
  • Memories of the Mutiny of 1857 by Rana Safvi (05 May 2017)
  • Marx, Karl & Freidrich Engels. The First Indian War of Independence 1857–1859. Moscow: Foreign Languages Publishing House, 1959
  • Pass it on: The Secret that Preceded the Indian Rebellion of 1857
  • Alavi, Seema (1996), The Sepoys and the Company: Tradition and Transition 1770-1830, Oxford University Press, p. 340, ISBN 0195634845.
  • Harris, John (2001), The Indian Mutiny, Ware: Wordsworth Editions, p. 205, ISBN 1840222328.
  • Hibbert, Christopher (1980), The Great Mutiny: India 1857, London: Allen Lane, p. 472, ISBN 0140047522.
  • Metcalf, Thomas R. (1990), The Aftermath of Revolt: India, 1857-1870, New Delhi: Manohar, p. 352, ISBN 8185054991.
  • Mukherjee, Rudrangshu (2002), Awadh in Revolt 1857-1858: A Study of Popular Resistance (2nd ed.), London: Anthem, ISBN 1843310759. ]
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