Dominique the Deserter, or The Gentleman in Black

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Dominique the Deserter, or The Gentleman in Black is a comic drama in two acts by William Henry Murray (1790-1852)[1].

The original text

Said to be "from the French" (perhaps a version of the Le Déserteur , a opéra comique by Pierre-Alexandre Monsigny and Michel-Jean Sedaine, 1769), the English play was first performed at the Theatre Royal, Edinburgh in 1831. Nine editions of the text were published between 1830 and 1861, including versions by Thomas Hailes Lacy (as Volume 738 of Lacy's acting edition) and by Samuel French.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1861: Performed as Dominique the Deserter, or The Gentleman in Black by the Sefton Parry and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 14 November, with The Momentous Question (Fitzball). The evening a Benefit for Mr C. Bland.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.100

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