Rob Roy

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A popular novel by Sir Walter Scott, published in 1817.

Also shortened name given to a number of stage adaptations of the novel from 1818 onwards.

While the authors of the adaptations are not always credited (the play even credited to Scott in some instances), other recognized stage versions to follow include: Rob Roy Macgregor; or, Auld Lang Syne! by Isaac Pocock; Rob Roy MacGregor by Henry Murray (1818); Rob Roy, The Gregarach by George Soame (1818); and later Roy's Wife, or The Clachan of Aberfoil (Anon, 1825).

Performance history in South Africa

1823-24: A play called Rob Roy and credited to Scott, was performed in the African Theatre, Cape Town by the amateur company English Theatricals on 20 December, with All the World's a Stage (Jackman). It is most likely that this was the widely known and published Pocock version, though it may have been the Murray version, which had been devised in association with Scott.

Translations and adaptations


Facsimile version of the London published text of 1818, Google eBook[1]

Facsimile version of the New York published text of 1818, Google eBook[2]

Frederick Burwick. Playing to the Crowd: London Popular Theatre, 1780-1830 (Palgrave Macmillan, 08 Nov 2011 )[3]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928: pp. 73-77, 142, 198.

Fletcher, 1994 p. 40

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