Frédéric à Spandau, ou Le Libelle

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Frédéric à Spandau, ou Le Libelle is a French melodrama in 3 acts by J.J.M. Duperche (1775?-1829)[1] and Hyacinthe Dorvo (1769-1851)[2].

The original text

First performed in French at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris, on 1 February, 1806. Published in Paris by Barba, 1806.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch by Casper Vreedenberg[3] as Frederik de Groote te Spandau, of Het Lasterschrift, and published in 1806 by Abraham Mars, Amsterdam - though only crediting Dorvo as the original author. Performed by at the Stads Schouwburg, Amsterdam in the same year.

Performance history in South Africa

1834: Performed in Dutch as as Frederik de Groote te Spandau, of Het Lasterschrift by Tot Nut en Vermaak in De Liefhebbery Toneel on 2 August, 1834, with a small ballet and Meester Vink, of De Vermiste Diamant (Désaugiers and Gentil) as an afterpiece. Ballet and music arranged by C.E. Boniface ), and music directed by W. Boonzaayer.


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 247;

"Théatre de Désaugiers" in the Internet Archive[5]

Facsimile version of the 1806 published Dutch text , Google E-Books[6]

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