A Hopeless Passion is a petite comedy in one act by John Maddison Morton (1811-1891)
The original text
First performed on 15 September, 1851, at Punch's Playhouse, the Strand Theatre, London, and published by Samuel French probably in 1873.
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1860: Performed by Charles Fraser in the Cabinet Theatre, Cape Town, on 17 January, along with £5 Reward (Oxenford).
1860: Performed by Charles Fraser in the Cabinet Theatre, Cape Town, on 21 January, with Burnand's Vilikins and his Dinah (sic). The presentation "Under the Patronage of the Naval Forces in the Bay".
1860: Performed by Charles Fraser in the Cabinet Theatre, Cape Town, on 16 February, along with The Irish Tiger (Morton).
Facsimile version of the Samuel French edition, Hathi Trust Digital Library
Online Books by John Maddison Morton, The Online Books Page
Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900: Late 19th Century Drama 1850-1900 Cambridge University Press: p.495
F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.126-7
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