The Harbour Lights

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The Harbour Lights is a play by G.R. Sims (1847-1922)[1] band H. Pettitt (1848-1893)[2]

The original text

It was first performed in 1885, ending the year with 513 performances at the Adelphi Theatre, London.

Translations and adaptations

Filmed twice as silent films, in 1914 (directed by Percy Nash) and in 1923 (directed by Tom Terriss).

Performance history in South Africa

1887: The play was performed as part of the repertoire of the Wheeler Theatre Company when they played in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town during April and May. Probably directed by Sutton Vane. The lead of "Lieut. Kingsley" was played by J.A. Rosier and one of the villains by Brittain Booth.


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. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: p.384.

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