The Eton Boy

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The Eton Boy is a farce in one act by Edward Morton (fl. 1840s).

The original text

First performed at the Drury Lane theatre in London in 1842 and at Burton's Theatre, New York, in 1852 Published in London by T.H. Lacy in 1842(?) and in New York by Roorbach, 1852(?).

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1861: Performed in the Garrison Theatre, Grahamstown, as The Eton Boy by the Officers of the Regiment (North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot) on 28 and 30 December. The cast consisted of Captain H. R. Vigours (Colonel Curry), A. Fraser Esq. (Captain Popham), Sergeant J. Lydon (Mr Dabster), W. Malcolm Esq. (Fanny, the Colonel's daughter), Corporal J. Davies (Sally, her servant). Also performed on the evening were The Lucky Hit (Stirling) and Dying for Love (J.M. Morton). (For more on contemporary responses to the performances, see the entry on the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot)

1862: Performed by the Officers of the Regiment (North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot) with the same cast during a repeat of their programme of 28 December 1861, which also featured the one act plays A Lucky Hit (Stirling) and Dying for Love (J.M. Morton), along with a new locally written work Two Years In Paris (Annesley). (For more on contemporary responses to the performances, see the entry on the North Lincolnshire Regiment of Foot).

Sources

Facsimile version of the Roorbach edition, Hathi Trust Digital Library[1]

Review of first production, The Spectator, Volume 15, p. 1069, Google E-book[2]

North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 10. Christmas Supplement, 1861.

North Lincoln Sphinx Vol 1, No 11. January 28, 1862.

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