The Original

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The Original is an interlude in one act by J.M. Morton (1811–1891)[1].

The original text

First performed at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden, November 13, 1837. Printed from the prompter's copy in London by Chapman and Hall the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1846: First performed in the Hope Street Theatre, Cape Town by the All the World's a Stage on Friday, 4 September 1846, with The Brigand (Planché) and Lottery Ticket, or The Lawyers's Clerk (Beazley).

1848: Performed in the Hope Street Theatre, Cape Town by the All the World's a Stage on Tuesday 3 October 1848, with William Thompson, or Which is He? (Boaden).

1850: Performed in Cape Town by the Garrison Players (a company known as Captain Hall's Company) on 24 April 1850, with E. Bulwer Lytton's Richelieu, or The Conspiracy.

Translations and adaptations


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: pp. 398,415-6.

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