The Will for the Deed

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The Will for the Deed is a comedy in three acts by Thomas John Dibdin (1771 – 1841)[1]

The original text

First performed at the Theatre-Royal, Covent-Garden and printed in London by in 1804 and by Longman, Hurst, Rees, and Orme in 1805.

Translations and adaptations

F.C.L. Bosman (1928: p. 146) refers to the play by a Dutch title (De Wil voor de Daad) , though it would seem this is simply a direct translation of the title of the English play by Bosman's Dutch source, since the production referred to was in English.

Performance history in South Africa

1815: Performed on 6 May by the Garrison Players in Cape Town, followed by a "Harlequin Pantomime" (cited in Dutch by Bosman, 1928: p 146, as Oud tot Jong Gemaald, of De Krommesprongen van Harlequin).


Facsimile version of the 1805 text of The Will for the Deed - Google E-book[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 146

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