The Flag Lieutenant
The original text
A play about a lieutenant who is branded a coward after having saved a fort from Bashi Bazouks and allowing an amnesiac major to take the credit.
First produced at the Playhouse Theatre in London in 1908 it went on extensive tours, playing at regional theatres during 1909. Also taken to the British colonies by various companies, for example presented by J. C. Williamson Ltd. at Her Majesty's Theatre, Melbourne, on August 14th, 1909.
It opened at the Criterion Theatre, New York, on 30 August, 1909.
With the onset of the war the patriotic play was revived to open at the Haymarket Theatre in London on 28th November 1914.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1909: Performed by the Leonard Rayne company as part of its touring repertoire, including performances at the Opera House, Cape Town, in February. According to D.C. Boonzaier (1923), this was one of Rayne’s finest productions, with him playing “Lascelles” himself, well supported by Gertrude F. Godart (as "Mrs Cameron") and Brough Pearce (as "Thesiger").
Alan Goble. 2011. The Complete Index to Literary Sources in Film. Walter de Gruyter: p.764
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