A Regular Fix

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A Regular Fix is a farce in one act by J.M. Morton (1811-1891)[1].

The original text

A play about a gentleman who had been taken to a party in a drunken condition and falls asleep in an armchair there. He does not wake till the next morning when servants start dusting the furniture. Not knowing where he is or how he got there, he looks out of a window and sees a policeman. He thus decides to do everything in his power to keep from going outside, especially as the police are already looking for him as the result of another matter. The devices he uses to remain in the house constitute the basis for the entire play.

First performed at Royal Olympic Theatre, London, on 11 October, 1860 and in New York at the Winter Garden, in 1863. Published in England by Samuel French and in New York by The Fitzgerald Publishing Corporation

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1866: Performed as Lucretia Borgia by the Le Roy-Duret Company in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, on


Facsimile version of the text, Hathi Trust Digital Library[2]


"A Regular Fix : a farce in one act", The Online Books Page[3]

Billy Dean Parsons. 1971. "The Farces of John Maddison Morton." LSU Historical Dissertations and Theses. 1940[4]

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 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.311, 313, 327, 380.

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