The Royal Brothers

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The Royal Brothers is a play by an unknown author.

The original text

Said to be a play about the two princes imprisoned in the Tower and executed by Richard III, the South African performance by pupils of a Catholic school in Cape Town. However no such text has been traced, so it may possibly have been a local adaptation made up of the relevant scenes from Shakespeare's Richard III.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1866: Performed as The Royal Brothers by the pupils of St Mary's Convent School[1], Cape Town, on 13 July, with The Irish Lion (Buckstone)


St Mary's Convent School[2],

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 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.271

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