A Ticket-of-Leave

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A Ticket-of-Leave is a farce in one act by Watts Phillips (1825–1874)[1],

Not to be confused with The Ticket-of-Leave Man, the melodrama by Tom Taylor (1817-1880)[2].

Also found as A Ticket of Leave.

The original text

The play opened at the Royal Adelphi Theatre, under the management of Benjamin Webster, on 1st December, 1862.

Published as A Ticket-of-Leave in Clyde, Ohio by Ames & Holgate, [1862?]

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1868: Performed as A Ticket of Leave in Cape Town by the Lanarkshire Dramatic Club (amateur players from the 99th Regiment) in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town, on 17 June, with Mrs Green's Snug Little Business (Cheltnam), and "Sailor's Hornpipe" by Lieutenant Moir and a song ("The Bellringer") by C. Hayes.


Facsimile version of the Ames and Holgate publication of the text, HathiTrust Digital Library[3]

E. Godfrey. 2010. Masculinity, Crime and Self-Defence in Victorian Literature: Duelling with Danger Springer, p. 163[4]



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

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