Borough Politics

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Borough Politics is a comic drama in two acts in prose by John Westland Marston (1819-1890)[1]

The original text

A sketch of love crossed by family pretensions, it was first performed and published in 1846.

First represented at the Theatre Royal, Haymarket on June 27, 1846 and published by Webster and Co., Suffolk in the same year. Also published in the collection The dramatic and poetical works of Westland Marston (Vol. 2) by Chatto and Windus, London, 1876.

Translations and adaptations

South African productions

1846: Performed as part of the final production in the Victoria Theatre in Pietermaritzburg, on 1 April 1850, along with The Child of Nature (De Genlis/Inchbald).


Facsimile version of the text, as published in the 1876 collection by Chatto and Windus, The Internet Archive[2]

Ashley H. Thorndike. 1932. English Comedy Rowman & Littlefield: p.537[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 217-8.

Schauffer, Dennis 1978. The Establishment of a Theatrical Tradition in Pietermaritzburg, Prior to the Opening of the First Civilian Playhouse. Unpublished doctoral dissertation. Pietermaritzburg: University of Natal.

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