The Turned Head

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The Turned Head is a farce in one act by Gilbert Abbott à Beckett (1811-1856)[1].

The original text

First performed in the Victoria Theatre, London on 3 November, 1834. Also done at the Strand Theatre London and the National Theatre Boston (in 1839). Published in London in Cumberland Minor Drama, vol. xiii; Dicks as No 338 and Lacy no LXVII, and in Boston as no 101 in Spencers Boston Theatre.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1867: Performed as The Turned Head in Mr Ferguson's Saloon, in the Swiss Hotel, Plein Street, Cape Town, by the Young Men's Dramatic Company on 29th June, with Love in Humble Life (Scribe and Dupin).


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

Allardyce Nicoll. 1975. A History of English Drama 1660-1900, Volume 4: p249[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 271

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