The Poor Soldier is a comic opera by John O'Keeffe (1747 – 1833)
(Sometimes simply referred to as Poor Soldier in sources)
The original text
First performed at the Covent Garden, London on 4 Nov. 1783.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1802: Performed (as Poor Soldier) in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the Garrison Players on 6 September, with Three Weeks after Marriage (Murphy).
1818: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the Garrison Players in conjunction with Mr Cooke on 16 May, with She Stoops to Conquer, or The Mistakes of a Night (Goldsmith).
1818: Performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the Garrison Players in conjunction with Mr Cooke on 24 October , as a benefit for Miss Williams, with Othello (Shakespeare).
1824: Performed in the Cape Town Theatre, Cape Town by the English Theatricals on 16 October , with A Bold Stroke for a Wife (Mrs Centlivre).
1824: Performed in the Cape Town Theatre, Cape Town by the English Theatricals on 27 November , with The Castle Spectre (Lewis).
F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. : pp. 69, 109, 154-5, 199
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