To Paris and Back for Five Pounds

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To Paris and Back for Five Pounds is a play by John Maddison Morton (1811-1891)[1].

Also found as To Paris and Back for £5 or To Paris and Back, for Five Pounds

The original text

First performed at the Haymarket Theatre, London on 5 February, 1853 and published by Thomas Hailes Lacy as Volume 9 of Lacy's acting edition. Also in Issue 466 of 19th century British drama, Issue 43 of French's American drama.

While the play is normally attributed to J.M. Morton[2], a recent Google search also brought up a version attributed to "C.A.F. Wood"[3] or, in another entry, to a whole team consisting of C.A.F. Wood, J. George Moore, James Thomas Gooderham Rodwell, John Maddison Morton, Samuel D. Johnson, Thomas Haynes Bayly, AND Thomas Morton[4]), published in French's American drama. The acting edition, no. 76 and The Minor drama. no. 78 by S. French & son, in 1856. It seems quite probable that the whole cast of the first production has been cited as "authors" in this case.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1859: Performed as To Paris and Back for £5 by the Charles Fraser and his company in Cape Town with Ben Bolt (Johnstone) on 9 May.

1869: Performed as To Paris and Back for £5 by the Lanarkshire Dramatic Club (amateur players from the 99th Regiment) in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town, on 17 June, with Villikins and his Dinah (Burnand) by Coock and Tanner.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 124, 264

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