A Thumping Legacy

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A Thumping Legacy is a farce by John Maddison Morton (1811–1891)[1]

The title also found as A Thumping Legacy!.

The original text

Often subtitled, or alternatively titled, in various ways, e.g. The Cockney's Trip to Corsica, The Cockney in Corsica, A Cockney in Corsica. These titles have also been used as main titles, at times with A Thumping Legacy as the subtitle. This flexible usage is found not only in England, but also in America and the colonies during the 19th century, notably so in New Zealand and South Africa.

Also found as The Thumping Legacy.

First performed in London as A Thumping Legacy in 1843 (and in Leeds with the subtitle The Cockney's Trip to Corsica on 16 June of the same year) and published in 1843 by T.H. Lacy (London), G. Berger (London) as well as Samuel French (London and New York) - all as "A Thumping Legacy; an original farce, in one act".

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1852: Performed on Tuesday 13 April and again on 21 April by the Amateur Company (possibly in association with Captain Hall's Company) under the title The Thumping Legacy in the Garrison Theatre, as one of three fundraisers for the survivors of the troop ship Birkenhead. It played as afterpiece to Don Caesar de Bazan, or Love and Honour (Webster and Boucicault).

1854: Performed under the title The Thumping Legacy by the Amateur Theatrical Society Port Elizabeth in the new Port Elizabeth Theatre (The Lyceum) on Friday 7 July, with The Road to Ruin (Holcroft).

1855: Performed under the title Cockney in Corsica in the Drawing Room Theatre, Cape Town, on Friday 13 July 1855 by Sefton Parry, as a benefit performance for the Patriotic Fund, along with A Capital Match (J.M. Morton) and Monsieur Jacques (Barnett). (Bosman, 1928[2]: p432, seems to have been unaware flexible sub-titling for Morton's play, and suggests that it may have been an adaptation of a play called Cockneys in California by an author he calls "French" , actually a one-act play by that name written by his contemporary, J. Stirling Coyne, and published by Samuel French.)

1857: Performed as the opening production in Sefton Parry's first wooden theatre in Harrington Street, Cape Town, on 14 September (along with Why don't she Marry? and A Kiss in the Dark) Often played in South Africa.

1859: Performed in Simon's Town by the amateurs of "the Royal Naval Theatre of the H.M.S. Megaera" in the Simon's Town Theatre on 28 March, along with a scene from Macbeth (performed "in character" by Captain Nightingale), Make your Wills (Mayhew and Smith) and as Fish out of Water (Lunn)

1865: Performed asThe Thumping Legacy the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by the 1st Battlion of the 11th Regiment on 17 July, with The Inchcape Bell (Fitzball) and a comic song and a "Highland fling". The evening in aid of the "Table Bay Relief Fund", a popular object of the "charity through art" movement in the city at the time.





Thomas A. Bogar. 2002. John E. Owens: Nineteenth Century American Actor and Manager: p. 175(Google eBook)[3]

The Spectator, 18 February 1843, p.15[4]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [5]: pp. 402-3, 432, 508

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 58-9, 165, 257,

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