Our Boys

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Our Boys is a comedy in three acts drama in three acts by Henry James Byron (1835–1884)[1].

The original text

First performed on 16 January 1875 at the Vaudeville Theatre, London and at the New Fifth Avenue Theatre, New York, on 18 September, 1875. For almost 20 years it was the world's longest-running play, only surpassed by Charley's Aunt in the 1890s. Published by T.H. Lacy and Samuel French.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1877: Performed by the Disney Roebuck company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 20 October, with Ben Bolt (Johnstone), as a benefit for E.V. Sinclair and Mrs Sinclair.

1878: Performed by the Disney Roebuck company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 4 July, with as The Captain's Not-A-Miss (Wilks).

1878: Performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 5 July, with Poppleton's Predicaments (Rae).

1884-5: Performed by the Henry Harper Company in the new Theatre Royal, Cape Town, as part of Henry Harper's first season as lessee and manager of the venue.

February 1901: Our Boys was staged in the Port Elizabeth Opera House, by the Joseph Ashman Company by arrangement with Leonard Rayne.

Sources

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Our_Boys

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henry_James_Byron

The Port Elizabeth Advertiser, Port Elizabeth, February 5, 1901.

Jim Davis (ed). 1984. Plays by H. J. Byron CUP Archive[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. , 370

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