Scarlet Dick and the Road and its Riders

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Scarlet Dick and the Road and its Riders is a play in three acts by J.B. Howe ()[].

Also found as Scarlet Dick!: the King's Highwayman!, or The Road and its Riders!

The original text

According to Bosman (1980, citing Laidler), this was a new and original "blood and thunder" style play, Probably based on the legend of the highwayman Dick Turpin[1], this version was possibly written for the Disney Roebuck company, and first (?) performed in the Theatre Royal, Burg Street, Cape Town, in 1876.

Performed as Scarlet Dick! : the King's highwayman!, or, The road and its riders!, as part of a mixed bill at the Brittannia Theatre, London, in 1887.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1876: Performed as Scarlet Dick and the Road and its Riders as part of a season by the Disney Roebuck company, under the temporary management of C. Wiltstone, featuring the author and George Yates in the cast.


Poster for a mixed bill, Sara Lane: Britannia Theatre (London, England), WorldCat[2]

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.203-205

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