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Bébé is a French comedy by in three acts by Émile de Najac (1828-1889)[1] and Alfred-Néoclès Hennequin (1842-1887)[2].

The original text

First performed at the Théâtre du Gymnase, Paris, on 10 March, 1877. Published by A. Allouard, 1877.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted into English as Betsy by F.C. Burnand (1836–1917)[3].

First performed in London on August 6th, 1879.

Performance history in South Africa

1893: Performed in English as Betsy in the Vaudeville Theatre, Cape Town, by the Emilie Bevan Comedy Company, in April.






"Scenes from Bebe, comedy in three acts by Najac and Hennequin at Theatre du Gymnase: Paris, France", illustration by Smeeton Tilly from LIllustration, Journal Universel, No 1778, Volume LXIX, March 24, 1877, Getty Images[4]



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: p. 395

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