The Tars of Old England
The Tars of Old England is the title given for a "pleasant comedy" by an unnamed author, performed as afterpiece to The Agreeable Surprise (O'Keeffe) by the Garrison Players in Cape Town on 16 July 1808.
Though it may have been a version of Tobias Smollet's The Reprisal, or The Tars of Old England, since it is billed as a comedy, but it is also likely to have been John O'Keeffe's celebratory piece, Britain's Brave Tars, or All for Saint Paul's, given the predilection the Garrison Players had for the work of O'Keeffe in this period and the fact that it was a patriotic play in a time of war.
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