A MESSAGE FROM THE SEA
A Message from the Sea: A Drama in Three Acts was written by Dickens and Collins in order to
establish the Dramatic Copyright of their December 1860 Christmas story.
A pirated production was staged at the Britannia Theatre on 7 January
1861. Dickens and Collins visited
Counsel's chambers the same day and threatened legal action against the manager,
Mr Lane. Dickens put the authors'
case in a letter to The Times.
A Message from the Sea: A Drama in Three Acts
was published by G. Halsworth at the office of All the Year Round, 1861.
(1 vol, 68 pp, buff paper wrappers). A
version in four acts by John Brougham was issued in Dicks' Standard Plays, No
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