The Red Rover, or The Mutiny of the Dolphin

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The Red Rover, or The Mutiny of the Dolphin is a nautical drama in two acts by Edward Fitzball (1792–1873)[1].

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Based on the much dramatized novel The Red Rover: A Tale by James Fenimore Cooper[2], published in Paris on November 27, 1827.

It was one of 4 adaptations that appeared in London in 1829 alone, but by far the most popular. (Undeservedly so, according to Marianne Philbrick in her 1991 introduction to Cooper's novel[3]).

The play was performed 9 February, 1829 in the Adelphi Theatre, London and went on to become a popular and even influential performance piece for more than 25 years. Published by John Dicks (1928?) and John Cumberland, (1831?).

South African productions

1847: Performed on 2 June by the 90th Light Infantry in the Amateur Theatre, Cape Town, with the farce No. 23, John-Street, Adelphi (Buckstone)


James Fenimore Cooper, The Red Rover: A Tale (edited by Thomas Philbrick and Marianne Philbrick) SUNY Press, 1991[4]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [5]: pp. 396

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