A Most Unwarrantable Intrusion

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A Most Unwarrantable Intrusion is a comic interlude in one act by J.M. Morton (1811–1891) [1].

(Also referred to simply as An Unwarrantable Intrusion)

The original text

First performed at the Adelphi Theatre, London in 1849, and published in London in the same year. Also published in Boston by W.V. Spencer in the 1860s

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1853: Performed as An Unwarrantable Intrusion in The Lyceum by the Port Elizabeth Dramatic Society on 22 October, with selections from Henry IV and The Spare Bed (Cooper).

1859: Performed as An Unwarrantable Intrusion on 28 July in the Harrington Street Theatre by the Cape Town Dramatic Club, with To Oblige Benson (Lemoine-Moreau and Delacour/Taylor) and My First Fit of the Gout (Morton).

1863: In a bleak theatrical year, a single performance of An Unwarrantable Intrusion was presented in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 2 November by a company consisting of the young tragedian Samuel Wolfe, Mr Bowmer and Madame Bowmer (the latter two often referred to collectively as "The Bowmers"). Also performed was A Pair of Pigeons (Stirling).


Facsimile version of the 1860 edition by Spencer, Hathi Trust Digital Library[2]



F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 508

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.145, 188

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