The Mutiny at the Nore

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The Mutiny at the Nore is a nautical drama by Douglas Jerrold (1803-1857)[1].

Also known as The Mutiny at the Nore, or British Sailors in 1797

The original text

A play about the "Nore Mutiny" by sailors of the British navy in 1797[2], it was originally written as a "domestic and nautical" melodrama in three acts and opened in London at the Pavilion Theatre on 31 May, 1830, then went on to the Coburg Theatre and the Tottenham Street Theatre in the same year.

Published in London by J. Cumberland in the series English and American Drama of the Nineteenth Century, and by Davidson, London, probably in 1830(?). Published as a "Nautical Drama" by Thomas Hailes Lacy in two acts in 1867.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1866: Performed by the Le Roy-Duret Company in the Harrington Street Theatre on 2 August, with On the Sly (Morton) and what is billed as a "Great Comic Shadow Pantomime, sensation from the Crystal Palace". (Possibly a reference to something like the 1861 shadow pantomime put on by Nelson Lee in the Crystal Palace, London[3]).

1866: Performed by the Le Roy-Duret Company in the Harrington Street Theatre on 9 August, with Where's Your Wife (Bridgeman) and The Demon of the Forest, or Cassander a Cooper (Anon.)


Facsimile version of the Davidson three act edition of 1830, The Internet Archive[4]

Facsimile version of the Lacy two act edition of 1867, HathiTrust Digital Archive[5]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.211-212, 214

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