The Flying Dutchman, or The Phantom Ship

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The Flying Dutchman, or The Phantom Ship is a nautical drama, in three acts by Edward Fitzball (1792–1873)[1], with music by George Rodwell.

Sometimes referred to simply as The Flying Dutchman.

The original text

Written 1826, opened at the Adelphi Theatre London, 8 January 1827.


Translations and adaptations

A burlesque version of the play was apparently done by the Christy Minstrels in the 1860s, also performed during their South African visit in 1862.


Performance history in South Africa

1830: Played on 7 August by the All the World's a Stage in the African Theatre, with The Smoked Miser, or The Benefit of Hanging (Jerrold) as afterpiece.

1830: Repeated on 14 August by the All the World's a Stage in the African Theatre, with Lovers' Quarrels, or Like Master Like Man (King) as afterpiece.

1835: Played on 29 April by the Garrison Players (the Officers of the 98th Regiment) in the Amateur Theatre, with The Irish Tutor, or New Lights (Glengall) as afterpiece.

1835: Repeated on 3 June, by the Garrison Players (the Officers of the 98th Regiment) in the Amateur Theatre, with Amateurs and Actors (Peake, but credited to "Sheridan") as afterpiece.

1836: Played once more on 8 June by the Garrison Players in the Amateur Theatre(?), with The Irishman in London (Macready) as afterpiece.

1862: A burlesque called The Flying Dutchman was performed by the Christy Minstrels, as part of their repertoire while touring the Cape Province between September and November.

Sources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Edward_Fitzball

The Terrible Fitzball: The Melodramatist of the Macabre by Larry Stephen Clifton (Popular Press, 1993 )[2]

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Flying_Dutchman

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp.195, 214,

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