The Sailor of France, or The Republicans of Brest

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The Sailor of France, or The Republicans of Brest is a drama in two acts by John Beer Johnstone.

The original text

First performed at the Surrey Theatre, 28 November, 1853. Published by T.H. Lacy.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1876: Performed as The Sailor of France, or The Republicans of Brest in the Theatre Royal, Burg Street, Cape Town, by the Disney Roebuck company on 5 August, with Notre Dame, or The Gipsy Girl of Paris (Hugo/Halliday).

1877: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town by Captain Disney Roebuck's company on 24 November, with Lady Audley's Secret (Hazlewood) and a ballad sung by Miss Wynne.


Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press[1]

"John Beer Johnstone" in: Léger-St-Jean, Marie. Price One Penny: A Database of Cheap Literature, 1837-1860. [19 March 2017]. Faculty of English, Cambridge [08 April 2018] ([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: pp.341, 346, 349

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