Make Your Wills!

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Make Your Wills! is a farce in one act by Henry Mayhew (1812–1887)[1] and G. Smith (fl.1830-1840)[].

Also found as Make Your Wills

The original text

First performed the Theatre Royal, Haymarket in London on 14 July 1836 and published the same year by John Cumberland (Vol. xxxv) and Lacy (Vol. lix), also later as Issue 124 of French's minor drama.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1842: Performed in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town by the Garrison Players on 9 June, and repeated 15 June. Accompanied by Love, Law and Physic (Kenney) and Love in Humble Life (Payne). Performers included D. M'Donald, Mr Wellesley and Mr Priestly.

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), Fish out of Water (Lunn) and The Thumping Legacy (Morton)


Bibliographical details of the 1839 text of Make Your Wills!, Google Books[2]

The Victorian Plays Project, Electronic Catalogue - Volume 59[3]

Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press: p.344[4]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [5]: pp. 207, 394,

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

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