The Soldier's Daughter

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The Soldier's Daughter is a comedy in five acts by Andrew Cherry (1762-1812)[1].

The original text

The play, one of Cherry wrote and was first acted at Drury Lane on 7 February 1804. It appears to have been popular in its time, running to 12 editions between 1804 and 1805. It was also reprinted in 1815 edition and a 1825 edition.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1822: Performed on 7 December in the African Theatre, Cape Town, by the Amateur Company company (Garrison Players) with Speed the Plough and the farce Fortune's Frolic (Allingham).

1832: Performed on 22 September in the Cape Town Theatre, Cape Town, by All the World's a Stage with The Miller's Maid (Saville) and Jack at the Cape, or All Alive Among the Hottentots! (Booth).

1866: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town by the Le Roy-Duret Company on 12 March, with Hunting a Turtle (Selby) and an opening address "written by a gentleman of Cape Town", given by Le Roy.

1866: Performed in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town by the Le Roy-Duret Company on 19 July as part of a "Grand Masonic Bespeak" under the auspices of both the English and the Dutch lodges, with 'Tis She, or Maid, Wife and Widow (Wilks), Gocum and Lisbeth (a comic dance by Mr Luin and Harry Burton) and the Davenport Rope Trick performed by Mr Luin.


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, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp.183, 202-204, 224

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 203, 211

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