The Dear Admiral
According to William Groom (1899-1900, cited by Bosman, 1980 on p. 203), a play called either The Dear Admiral or simply Dear Admiral was done in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, by the Le Roy-Duret Company during their first season, being played on 20 and 26 April, 1866. No author is mentioned.
The original text
No reference to a play by this name can be found, though Bogar (2002) does list an anonymous play called The Rear Admiral (also by an anonymous author), among the plays performed in Baltimore by the comedian John E. Owens (1823-1886) in 1845. (Was this perhaps a misspelling by Groom?) However, there is also no further information on a play by that name either.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1866: Performed as The Dear Admiral) by the Le Roy-Duret Company in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, on 20 April, with Love in Humble Life (Scribe and Dupin/Payne) and A Duel in the Dark (Coyne).
1866: Performed again (now referred to as Dear Admiral) by the Le Roy-Duret Company in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, on 26 April, with A Devilish Good Joke, or A Night's Frolic (Higgie) and Look Before You Leap (Lovell).
William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.
Thomas A. Bogar. 2002. John E. Owens: Nineteenth Century American Actor and Manager, McFarland:p. 172
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