Le Gendre de M. Poirier

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Le Gendre de M. Poirier ("Monsieur Poirier's son-in-law") is a comedy in four acts by Émile Augier (1820–1889)[1] and Jules Sandeau (1811–1883)[2]

The play is sometimes wrongly ascribed to Augier alone.

The original text

Written in 1854, the theme broadly based on Sandeau's novel Sacs et Parchemins (1850), this was a popular play about moral values and an arranged marriage based on commercial concerns, and the ultimate triumph of love.

First performed on 8 April, 1854 in the Théâtre du Gymnase-Dramatique in Paris, it would become Augier's most love work and a standard play for the Théâtre-Française.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Die Skoonseun van Mnr. Poirier by D.F. Malherbe (1881-1969).

The play was the source and title of Marcel Pagnol's first film , distributed in 1933.

Performance history in South Africa




John Gassner and Edward Quinn. 2002. The Reader's Encyclopedia of World Drama. Courier Corporation, p. 37[3]


J.C. Kannemeyer 1978. Geskiedenis van die Afrikaanse Literatuur I. Pretoria: Academica. (Second edition, 1984[4], pp. 162

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