The Second in Command

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The Second in Command is a comedy in four acts by Robert Marshall (1863–1910)[1]

The author is often billed as Captain Robert Marshall, since he wrote a number of his earlier plays while still in the military.

The original text

A play about love and loyalty set against the background of the Boer War of 1899-1901.

First performed in London on 27 November, 1900.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted as a silent film also called The Second in Command in 1915, filmed by Quality Pictures Corporation, directed by William J. Bowman and starring Francis X. Bushman and Marguerite Snow.

Performance history in South Africa

1901: Performed by the Sass and Nelson Company as part of a season of plays they put on in the Opera House, Cape Town, from May onwards.


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.409

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