Sudden Thoughts

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Sudden Thoughts is a farce in one act by Thomas Egerton Wilks (1812-1854)[1].

The original text

First performed in London at the London Theatre, 1837 and at the National theatre, Boston, 1847. It made its debut in New York in 1850.

Published in London by Strange, 1837; New York, Turner and Fisher, 1837; New York, Samuel French, 1858.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1864: Performed by the Juvenile Christy's Minstrels in the Mechanic's Institute, Cape Town, in June, directed by a "Master Rowlands".


The Court Magazine and Belle Assemblée, Volume 12: p. 220[2]

Facsimile version of the 1858 Samuel French text, HathiTrust Digital Library[3]

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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