The Point of Honour

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The Point of Honour is a prose play in three acts by Charles Kemble (1775–1854)[1].

The original text

This is an English adaptation of the five act French play Le Deserteur of Louis Sébastien Mercier (1740 – 1814), first published in 1771.

First performed in English at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 1808 and published by Longman et al, London in 1808.

Performance history in South Africa

1822: Originally scheduled to be performed on 14 September, it was postphoned and performed by the Amateur Company on 18 September 1827 in the African Theatre under the patronage of His Excellency, Lord Charles and Lady Charles Somerset for public charity, with the burlesque Amoroso, King of Little Britain (Planché) and the farce The Irishman in London (Wm Macready)


Digital facsimile version of 1808 text (A Google E-Book)[2]

Original advert in The Cape Town Gazette and African Advertiser, Saturday, September 14, 1822.

Kemble, Charles (DNB00) in the Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900 [3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]:pp.182,

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