The Black Flag, or Escaped from Portland

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The Black Flag, or Escaped from Portland is a romantic drama by Henry Pettitt (1848–1893)[1].

Also referred to at times as Black Flag, or Escaped from Portland or simply as The Black Flag.

The original text

First performed at the Grecian Theatre, London, on 9 August, 1879.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1885: Performed as The Black Flag in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, produced by Mr H.C. Sidney and partner Mr H.J. Fiedler during the course of the year. in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, while under the management of H.C. Sidney and H.J. Fiedler.


Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. History of English Drama, 1660-1900, Volume 5, Part 2 p. 521, Google E-book[2] By

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.

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