A Fast Train! High Pressure!! Express!!! A Short Trip

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A Fast Train! High Pressure!! Express!!! A Short Trip is a farce in one act attributed to J.M. Maddox (John Medex Maddox, also known as John Medex, 1789-1861)[1]

The cumbersome title appears in a variety of guises, depending on the number of exclamation marks used. Michael Dobson (2011: p. 81) for example cites a performance at the Ingoldsby Club in 1861, which has it as The Farce of A Fast Train! High Pressure!! Express!!!, and the Wikipedia entry on the author John Medex Maddox[2] has it simply as A Fast Train! High Pressure! Express!.

The original text

First performed at the Royal Lyceum Theatre in London, April 25th, 1853 and published by Thomas Hailes Lacy in London in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1855: Performed simply as The Fast Train (and purportedly by an anonymous author) by the Amateur Theatrical Society Port Elizabeth in the new Port Elizabeth Theatre (The Lyceum) in August, with The Rivals (Sheridan).


Facsimile version of the original published text by Lacy, Hathi Trust Digital Collection[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp.509

Michael Dobson. 2011. Shakespeare and Amateur Performance: A Cultural History. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press


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