In the Ranks

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In the Ranks is a melodrama by George Robert Sims (1847–1922)[1] and Henry Pettitt (1848–1893)[2].

("Sims" wrongly given as "G.R. Eims" by F.C.L. Bosman, 1980)

The original text

It played for 457 performances at the Adelphi Theatre, London, in 1883. It was shown at the Standard Theatre in New York in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1890: Performed in the Vaudeville Theatre, Cape Town, during March and April by the Chambers Theatrical Company, under the management of Emma Chambers. The cast consisted of Will R. Bernard, Albert Marsh, Joseph Ashman, Edward Vincent, Harold Selwyn, George Herbert, Affey Bevan, Emilie Bevan, Emma Chambers, Roy Aird.

1903: Performed by Leonard Rayne and his company at the Opera House, Cape Town at the start of the year.


Amusements: "In the Ranks", in the New York Times (November. 2, 1883)[3]

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 1923. (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. 390-1, 413

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