The Old Sapper, or The Ghost of the Powder Magazine

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The Old Sapper, or The Ghost of the Powder Magazine is a musical melodrama by an unnamed playwright.

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Performance history in South Africa

1869: Performed by what was billed as the "Royal Adelphi Theatre", featuring inter alia Mr Brazier, Mr Webster, Mr Paul and other colleagues, on 25 February as part of the Juvenile Fancy Fair and Grand Fête, a charity event organized by the Cape Town Institute and Club in the Cape Gardens in support of the victims of the great fires in Uitenhage, Knysna, etc. Besides the melodrama, the day's varied programme also included three other short plays, some Ballet Pantomimes by a Corps du Ballet, performances by "the world-renowned" Y.M.I. Christy's and the Ethiopian Serenaders, and a number of sporting events.


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.273

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