Lend Me Five Shillings

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Lend Me Five Shillings is a farce in one act by John Maddison Morton (1811-1891)[1]

The original text

Said to be an English version of Riche d'amour, a short "comédie-vaudeville" in one act by Augustin Théodore de Lauzanne de Vauroussel, Félix-Auguste Duvert, X.-B. Saintine, which was first performed in Paris at the Vaudeville Theatre on 20 November 1845, and published by Beck, 1845.

Morton's play was first performed at the Haymarket Theatre, London, on 19 February 1846, and at the Park Theatre, New York on 27 April of the same year. The English text was published in London by T.H. Lacy in 1846 and in New York by William Taylor & Co. in the series Modern Standard Drama (no. 24), also in 1846. A new American edition, published by Dick and Fitzgerald, New York, appeared in 1889.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1867: Performed on 4 March 1867 during a Benefit Performance for the Somerset Hospital in Cape Town was arranged by the officers of the 9th Regiment, led by Captain Borton, and performed in the Theatre Royal in association with Mrs Marie Duret and Mrs Cooper. It also featured the regimental orchestra, led by Signor Bonicoli and a performance of Macbeth Travestie (Talfourd).



Facsimile version of the American edition of 1846, Google E-book[2]

Facsimile version of the new American edition of 1889, HathiTrust Digital Library[3]


Online Books by John Maddison Morton, The Online Books Page[4]

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

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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