Belphegor the Mountebank, or Woman's Constancy

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Belphegor the Mountebank, or Woman's Constancy is a play by C. Webb.

The original text

A translation and adaptation of Paillasse of Adolphe d' Ennery and Marc Fournier, it was first performed at the Royal Lyceum and Arch Street theatres and published by the Music Pub. Co., London, in 1856 and in French's Standard Drama, The acting edition, as No. CCCXLI in 1866.

The Webb version of the play was used as the basis for the 1921 British silent film called Belphegor the Mountebank, directed by Bert Wynne and starring Milton Rosmer, Kathleen Vaughan and Warwick Ward. (In some editions Charles Dillon is also mentioned as an author.)

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1867: Performed as Belphegor the Mountebank, or Woman's Constancy in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by the 9th Regiment on 29 June, accompanied by various vaudeville-style acts, including gymnastic entertainments and various dances by Wallace.


D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.261, 327, 328, 343

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