Charles XII, or The Siege of Stralsund

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Charles XII, or The Siege of Stralsund is a historical drama in two acts by James Robinson Planché (1796 – 1880)[1].

(Also written Charles XII; or, the Siege of Stralsund; Charles the Twelfth; Charles XII, or Charles the XII.)

The original text

The play opened at the Theatre Royal, Drury Lane, on the 11th December, 1828 and was performed 1828 – 1829.

Performance history in South Africa

1835: Performed as Charles the Twelfth by Garrison Players (in fact the the officers of the 98th regiment), on 28 July in the African Theatre, followed by The Review, or The Wags of Windsor (Colman Jr).

1845: Performed by All the World's a Stage as Charles XII on Friday 22 August, 1845 in the Roeland Street Theatre, followed by The Irish Tutor (Glengall).

1854: Was apparently to have been performed as Charles the Twelfth on 11 July 1854 by Garrison Players , to be followed by A Peculiar Position (author unnamed, but it was a translation from Scribe & Bayard by Planché). It seems this did not take place due to the illness of the stage manager, but was probably done some time later in July, with the addition of The Two Bonnycastles (J.M. Morton).

1854: The performances were repeated on Friday, 18 August, now with another addition, that of The Honeymoon (Tobin).


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 195, 408, 414

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