The Ring and the Keeper

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The Ring and the Keeper is an operetta by John Pratt Wooler (1824-1868)[]

The original text

The libretto is by John Pratt Wooler, with music by W. H. Montgomery, and the work was first performed at the Theatre Royal, London, on 9 June, 1862. The text was published by Thomas Hailes Lacy in 1866

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1871: Performed four times by the D'Arcy Read Company in the Mutual Hall, Cape Town (on 9, 11, 16 and 23 October), with "Reminiscences of Sheridan Knowles's The Cousins" (Knowles?) and Belgravia, or Servantgolism (Anon.)


Allardyce Nicoll. 1946. A History of Late Nineteenth Century Drama 1850-1900 Volume II: Cambridge University Press, p. 632[1]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.250-251

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