Bianco, ou L'homme Invisible

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Bianco, ou L'homme Invisible is a melodrama in three acts by Plancher Valcourt (Philippe Alexandre Louis Pierre Plancher-Valcour, 1751-1815)[1]

The original text

Performed at the Théâtre de la Cité, and published in Paris by Barba in 1803 (the author not named in this edition).

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as Bianko, of De Onzichtbare Man, published by Hofhout. Also found as Bianko, of De Onzigtbare Man.

Bosman, 1928[2] refers to it, rather tantalizingly, as Blanko, of De Onzigtbare Man - possibly because the author of the programme he was using had misread the title.

Performances in South Africa

1843: Performed on 1 September as Blanko, of De Onzigtbare Man (Anon) in Cape Town by Door Yver Vruchtbaar, with Vier Schildwachten op éénen Post (Voge).

1843: Performed in Cape Town on 6 October in Dutch by Door Yver Vruchtbaar, as Blanko, of De Onzigtbare Man with De Horoskooptrekker, of De Speculant in Effecten (Hanegraaff).


Facsimile version of the 1803 French text, Internet Archive[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: p. 444,

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