Le Magistrat

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Le Magistrat ("The magistrate") is a play in three acts, intended for performance by children, written by Madame de Genlis (1746-1830)[1].

The original text

The play was one of the many plays contained in the collection Théâtre à l'Usage des Jeunes Personnes by Madame de Genlis. The works were educational in intent and written largely for use by the author with her own pupils. The plays were published in four volumes in Paris by Panckoucke between 1779-1780.

Translations and adaptations

Le Magistrat was translated into Dutch, possibly by Joseph Suasso de Lima, as De Regter ("The judge") circa 1826, for use by his pupils.

Performance history in South Africa

1826: Performed in Cape Town on 8 April, by the children's company Tot Oefening en Smaak, probably directed by Joseph Suasso de Lima, with Die Een Kuil Graaft Voor Een Ander Valt Er Gemeenlyk Zelfs In (Anon.) and De Moedwillige Jongen (Ogier).



F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: p. 270

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