The Dear Admiral

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According to William Groom (1899-1900, cited by Bosman, 1980 on p. 203), a play called either The Dear Admiral or simply Dear Admiral was done in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, by the Le Roy-Duret Company during their first season, being played on 20 and 26 April, 1866. No author is mentioned.

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No reference to a play by this name can be found, though Bogar (2002)[1] does list an anonymous play called The Rear Admiral (also by an anonymous author), among the plays performed in Baltimore by the comedian John E. Owens (1823-1886) in 1845. (Was this perhaps a misspelling by Groom?) However, there is also no further information on a play by that name either.

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Performance history in South Africa

1866: Performed as The Dear Admiral) by the Le Roy-Duret Company in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, on 20 April, with Love in Humble Life (Scribe and Dupin/Payne) and A Duel in the Dark (Coyne).

1866: Performed again (now referred to as Dear Admiral) by the Le Roy-Duret Company in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, on 26 April, with A Devilish Good Joke, or A Night's Frolic (Higgie) and Look Before You Leap (Lovell).


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

William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.

Thomas A. Bogar. 2002. John E. Owens: Nineteenth Century American Actor and Manager, McFarland:p. 172[2]

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