The Death Token

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The Death Token is a light comedy by Thomas Egerton Wilks (1812-1854)[].

The original text

A mystery play based on an old superstition about the death token (a knocking at the door) that signals a death in the family. Performed in the Surrey Theatre, by the compbined companies of the Adelphi and Surrey theatres on 15 May, 1837. Published by Duncombe as No xxvi in his series.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1863: Performed by the Garrison Players in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town, on 20 January.


The Lady's Magazine & Museum of the Belles-lettres, Music, Fine Arts, Drama, Fashions, Etc (Volume 10, Issue of June 1837: p.432), Google E-book[1]

Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press: p.410[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.255

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