Les Héros de Cuisine, ou L'enfant de l'Amour

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Les Héros de Cuisine, ou L'enfant de l'Amour ("The heroes of the kitchen, or the child of love") is a "tragédie burlesque en 1 acte et en vers" by Jacques André Jacquelin (1776 – 1827)[1]

Also known simply as L’Enfant de l’Amour.

The original text

Written as a sequel to Les Fureurs de l'Amour (a "tragédie burlesque in 7 scenes and in verse" which he had written in 1798, with Joseph-Henri Flacon Rochelle). First performed in Paris, on 2 March 1799 and published by Fages in the same year. Also by Delavigne in 1815. According to Charles Etienne Boniface (cit. Bosman, 1928: p. 276), the French play was itself a parody of Voltaire's five act tragedy Tancrède (First performed at the Théâtre de la Rue des Fossés in Paris, on 9 March, 1760.)[2]

Translations and adaptations

Translated and adapted into Dutch De Keukenhelden ("Heroes of the kitchen") as a one-act farce by C. van Foreest. The text was published anonymously in Amsterdam by Pieter Johannes Uylenbroek, in 1799.

Performance history in South Africa

1823: Performed in Dutch by Boniface's company Honi Soit Qui Mal Y Pense in the African Theatre, Cape Town theatre as on 20 March, with Het Geweten (Iffland).





Facsimile of the French text (4th edition, 1823), Google E-book[3]

Facsimile of the 1799 Dutch text[4]


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [5]: pp. 275-6

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