A Royal Family

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A Royal Family is a play in three 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

Subtitled "a Comedy of Romance", it was originally written and probably performed in 1898, while he was stationed in South Africa as aide-de-camp to Sir Walter Hely-Hutchinson, Governor of the Colony of Natal[2].

Published in London by Chiswick Press, 1904.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1901: Performed by the Sass and Nelson Company in the Opera House, Cape Town, as part of a season of plays that opened on 11 May.



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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