My Precious Betsy

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My Precious Betsy is a farce in one act by John Maddison Morton (1812-1854)[1].

The original text

First performed in the Adelphi Theatre, London, on 18 February, 1850. Published and in Boston by G.M. Baker & Co., [1850]

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1871: A performance of an unidentified piece called Betsy Jane was presented by the visiting D'Arcy Read Theatrical Company in the Cape Town Gardens, on 27 November, as part of a "Grand Fête Champêtre" they did there, the other acts also including Ghost Illusions by D'Arcy Read. It could possibly have been an adapted version of My Precious Betsy (otherwise, of Betsy Baker!, or Too Attentive by Half, also by Morton in the same year).


Facsimile version of the Baker edition, Hathi Trust Digital Library[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 251, 267

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