Les Deux Gosses
The novel Les Deux Gosses ("The two kids") was published in 3 volumesby Éditions Rouff, Paris, in 1880, with illustrations by H. Meyer, Jonnard, and others. It became a great success.
Adapted for the stage by the author himself, Les Deux Gosses was first performed at the Théâtre de lAmbigu-Comique, Paris, on 19 February 1896 and went on to have more than a thousand performances.
In 1941 Robert Ancelin did another French adaptation of the novel.
English and other translations and adaptations
An extremely popular English version known as Two Little Vagabonds was written by George R. Sims and Arthur Shirley, and first produced at the Princess's Theatre, London, on 23 September, 1896. Clearly based on the recently performed French play rather than the original novel.
Often filmed as Les Deux Gosses, including versions by Adrien Caillard (1912), Albert Capellani (1914), Maurice Tourneur (1923), Louis Mercanton (1924), Fernand Rivers (1936), and an Italian version by Flavio Calzavara (I due derelitti) in 1951.
Performance history in South Africa
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