The Flying Dutchman, or The Phantom Ship is a nautical drama, in three acts by Edward Fitzball (1792–1873), 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.
The Terrible Fitzball: The Melodramatist of the Macabre by Larry Stephen Clifton (Popular Press, 1993 )
F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. : pp.195, 214,
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