Who Stole the Pocket-book?, or A Dinner for Six

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Who Stole the Pocket-book?, or A Dinner for Six is a farce in one act J.M. Morton (1811-1891)[1].

Also found as Who Stole the Pocket Book?, Who Stole that Pocket Book? and Who Stole my Pocket Book?

The original text

Originally performed in London and published by T.H. Lacy in 1852. Very popular, with 18 editions published between 1852 and 1967.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1864: Performed as Who Stole the Pocket Book in June as part of the closing production of the St George's Theatre, Pietermaritzburg, along with Little Toddlekins (Mathews) and The Wandering Minstrel (Mayhew).

1871: Performed as Who Stole the Pocket-book?, or A Dinner for Six on 17 April, by the Garrison Players in the Theatre Royal, Main Barracks (formerly the Garrison Theatre) in Cape Town. Also performed Wanted, A Young Lady (Suter) and An Englishman's House is his Castle (Morton). A benefit performance for Sergeant Biphen.


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D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp.

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 267

Dennis Schauffer. 1978. The Establishment of a Theatrical Tradition in Pietermaritzburg, Prior to the Opening of the First Civilian Playhouse. Unpublished PhD., University of Natal.

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