La Frontière de Savoie

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La Frontière de Savoie ("The border of Savoy") is a farce in one act by Eugène Scribe (1791–1861)[1] and J.F.A (Jean-François Alfred) Bayard (1796-1853)[2].

The original text

First performed in Paris at the Théâtre du Gymnase Dramatique[3] on 20 August 1834. (Often only attributed to Scribe alone)

Translations and adaptations

Translated into English as A Peculiar Position by James Robinson Planché (1796-1880)[4], first performed in London at the Olympic Theatre on 3 May 1837. Published in London by Chapman and Hall, 1837.

Performance history in South Africa

1854: Was apparently to have been performed in English, as A Peculiar Position, on 11 July 1 by Garrison Players , as after piece to Charles the Twelfth (Planché). It seems this did not take place due to the illness of the stage manager.

1854: Probably performed some time later in July, with the addition of The Two Bonnycastles (J.M. Morton).

1854: Repeated on Friday, 18 August, now with another addition, that of The Honeymoon (Tobin).


John Gassner and Edward Quinn (eds) The Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama, Google Books[5]

Donald Roy (ed) 1986. Plays by James Robinson Planché, Google Books[6]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [7]: pp. 408

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