A Pretty Piece of Business

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A Pretty Piece of Business is a comedietta in one act by Thomas Morton (1764-1838)[]

The original text

First performed at the Haymarket Theatre, London, on 12 November, 1853 and published by T.H. Lacy, 1853. Performed in New York at Wallack's Theatre on 10 January, 1854 and published inter alia by Clinton T. de Witt, New York, in 187? and by Harold Roorbach, New York, in 1889

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1861: Performed by Sefton Parry and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 12 August, with The Three Trials of Life (Bernard).

1877: Performed by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 23 October, with Miriam's Crime (Craven) and a song by Miss Wynne.


Facsimile version of the 1889 edition by Roorbach, Hathi Trust Digital Library[1]

Online Books by Thomas Morton (1764-1838), The Online Books Page[2]

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.98, 361

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