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The Frozen Deep by Wilkie Collins

The original text

Based on The Frozen Deep a 3 act play originally written in 1856 by Wilkie Collins under the substantial guidance of Charles Dickens. It was originally staged as an amateur theatrical production in original staging in Dickens's home Tavistock House in January 1857, with Dickens heavily involved as actor and stage manager. It later had professional performances as well. Privately published as The Frozen Deep. A Drama in Three Acts only in 1866.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted as a four act play called Adrift by Sutton Vane Sr (18??-18??).

Performance history in South Africa

1878: Performed as Adrift by Disney Roebuck’s company at the Theatre Royal on 6, 7 and 11 March. in the Good Hope Gardens.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 366.

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