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Gabrielle is a French play in five acts by Émile Augier (1820-1889)[1]

The original text

First produced in Paris at the Théâtre Française 15 December, 1849 and published by , 1850.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted into English by Thomas H. Reynoldson, (1808?-1888)[2] as a three act play called as The Barrister for performance at the Surrey Theatre on 1 March, 1852.

Reynoldson's English adaptation was later renamed Home Truths for performance at the Royal Princess's Theatre on 30 November, 1859 and published for them in this form by Harris, 1860.

Adapted as "a domestic lesson, in two acts" by Reynoldson, and now called Good for Evil, or A Wife's Trial. This text published as Good for Evil, or A Wife's Trial by Thomas Hailes Lacy in 1860, a volume in which they list the other two titles, with dates and places of performance - though no similar information is given for the shorter version.

Performance history in South Africa

1866: Performed as Good for Evil, or A Wife's Trial by the Le Roy-Duret Company in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, on 18 June, with a popular "dance-song", The Nervous Cures, The Actress of All Work (Oxberry) and (as a special request for Lady Wodehouse, wife of the Governor) Hunting a Turtle, or Trust a Woman's Wit (Selby).


Facsimile version of the 1850 French edition by Michel Lévy frères (4th edition), Hathi Trust Digital Library[3]

Facsimile version of Good for Evil, or A Wife's Trial (1860), Hathi Trust Digital Library[4]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.211

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