The Morals of Marcus

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The Morals of Marcus is a play William John Locke (1863-1930)[1]

The original text

The play was an adaptation for the stage based on Locke's own novel The Morals of Marcus Ordeyne (1905)[2], which tells the story of a woman escapes the Turkish harem in which she has been brought up and flees to London in the company of a British adventurer.

He wrote the play in 1907 and it was first performed featuring Marie Doro, who would later make her screen debut in the 1915 film version.

Translations and adaptations

The novel was also adapted for film, two silent versions were made (in 1915 and 1921) and in 1935, Miles Mander directed the film The Morals of Marcus, with Ian Hunter in the title role.

Performance history in South Africa

1909: Produced as The Morals of Marcus by Leonard Rayne and his company as part of a repertoire of six plays, opening at the Standard Theatre, Johannesburg, and then touring the various cities, including a performances at the Opera House, Cape Town, during February.


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: pp.203-205

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