Deeds of Dreadful Note
The original text
Styled a "romantic tale of terror in one act" and said to be "From the French of M. De Rosier" (i.e. Joseph-Bernard Rosier, (1804–1880)). Though the play is never specified, it is probably De Rosier's 1840 comedy La Mansarde du Crime (lit. "The garrett of the crime"), first performed in Paris at the Theatre du Vaudeville, on 4 Novmeber, 1840.
The English version by Dubois was first performed at the Adelphi Theatre London in 1842, the text published at the time by the National Acting Drama Office and sold by Strange.
The text formally published later in London by Pickering and Chatto and in Philadelphia by Turner & Fisher (as part of Turner's dramatic library).
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1857: A "screaming farce" called Crimson Crimes, or Deeds of Dreadful Note (attributed to William E. Burton) was performed in the Harrington Street Theatre , Cape Town, on 23 September by the Sefton Parry Company. It has been suggested that it may in fact have been a parody of this one act "romantic tale of terror" by Dubois. Also performed was Who Speaks First? (Dance) and Monsieur Jacques (Barnett and Barnett).
1857: Performed as Wilful Murder, or Deeds of Dreadful Note by Sefton Parry and his company in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, on 27 November, with The Honeymoon, or How to Rule a Wife (Dubois) and music by the band of the The Cape Volunteer Corps.
1859: Performed as A Dreadful Deed by Sefton Parry and his company in the Cape Town Theatre on 7 November, along with Faint Heart Never Won Fair Lady (Planché), A Dead Shot (Buckstone) and a "Tambourine Dance" by Lizzie Powell.
Catalogue of Pickering and Chatto publishers, Item 3712 (p. 527)
Frederic Boase. 2018. Modern English Biography (Volume 1 of 4) A-H, Litres: p. 
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