A Desperate Game

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A Desperate Game is a comic drama, in one act, by John Maddison Morton (1811-1891)[1]

The original text

First performed at the Royal Adelphi Theatre, London, on the 9th April 1853. Published in London by T.H. Lacy/Samuel French in 1853(?).

Performance history in South Africa

1862: Performed by the Mrs Clara Tellet and company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 30 June, with The Prima Donna (Boucicault) and a "Medley Dance" by Mrs Brazier.

1864: Performed by the Juvenile Christy's Minstrels in the The Mechanics' Institute, Cape Town, in July, with lead played by Master Williams and Miss Lytton.


Facsimile version of the original Lacy text, HathiTrust Digital Library[2]

The Online Books Page, Online Books by John Maddison Morton[3]


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 131, 268-9

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