In His Power

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In His Power is a play in three acts by Mark Quinton (born Joseph Mark Keogh, 1860–1891).

The original text

A play about an unwitting bigamous marriage, diplomatic secrets and espionage. First performed at the Alexander Theatre, Liverpool, on 20 September, 1884 and at the the Olympic Theatre, London, 21 January, 1895.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1888: Performed in the Exhibition Theatre, Cape Town, by Hirshfield's Theatre Company as part of a repertoire that also included Sweet Lavender (Pinero) and The Arabian Nights (Collier-Edwards and Dudley). The company included the actors J.A. Rosier, Albert Lucas and Joseph Ashman.

1892: Performed in the Vaudeville Theatre, Cape Town, by the visiting Emilie Bevan Comedy Company as part of a three-and-a-half month season of 20 plays which began on 8 August. It is uncertain which text was used in this case.


Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press: p.532[1]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 394-5

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