The original text
Set in 13th century Spain, the play concerns twin brides, one of whom is abducted by pirates. The other twin poses as both brides until the first is rescued.
First presented at the Théâtre des Fantaisies Parisiennes, Brussels, on 21 March 1874, it played in French at the Opera Comique, London, from 6 June 1874, and Paris later the same year, followed by performances throughout Europe, in the Americas and Australia. Revived several times up till the early 20th century.
Translations and adaptations
An English version, with a libretto adapted by Clement O'Neil (fl. 1870s) and Campbell Clarke (1845-1902), had its first production at the Philharmonic Theatre, Islington, London, on 3 October 1874
Performance history in South Africa
1887: Performed in the Opera House, Cape Town, by the Searelle Opera Company, under the auspices of the Wheeler Brothers as part of a large repertoire of musicals and operas performed over the course of eight months.
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