Ici on Parle Français

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Ici on Parle Français ("Here we speak French") is an English farce in one act by Thomas John Williams (1824-1874)

The original text

First performed at the Adelphi Theatre, London in 1859.

Published as Issue 297 of French's minor drama, by Samuel French

The title also found as Ici on Parle Français, or The Major's Mistake in the new 1889 publication of the text by H. Roorbach, New York.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1861: Performed as Ici on Parle Français by Sefton Parry and his company in the Theatre Royal on 1 July, with The Bonnie Fishwife (Selby) and The Rough Diamond (Buckstone)

1861: Performed as Ici on Parle Français on 14 October in the new Theatre Royal, Cape Town by the Sefton Parry company, followed by Aladdin, or The Wonderful Lamp.

1868: Performed as Ici on Parle Français by the Lanarkshire Dramatic Club (amateur players from the 99th Regiment) in the Garrison Theatre, Cape Town, on 21 October, with The Irish Post (Planché), Irish songs by Lieutenant Tanner and a song ("The Long-tail'd Blue"") by "the infant phenomenon".



Facsimile version of the 1889 text, The Internet Archive[1]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1916. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 99, 262-3,

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