Jean de Paris

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Jean de Paris is a French "opéra-comique[1] en deux actes", with a libretto by Claude Godard d'Aucort de Saint-Just (1768-1826)[2] and music by François-Adrien Boieldieu (1775-1834)[3].

The original text

The play premiered at Le Theatre de l’Opera-Comique on 4 April, 1812.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into an English comic opera[4] as John of Paris by Isaac Pocock (1782–1835)[5], and was first produced at Covent Garden on 12 October 1814,where it was performed seventeen times, then revived at the Haymarket in 1826, and again played at Covent Garden in 1835.

Performance history in South Africa

1847: The English version performed as one of the afterpieces to The Smuggler's Daughter (Dibden) in the "Amateur Theatre" (i.e. the Garrison Theatre) , Cape Town, by the 90th Light Infantry on Friday, 30th April.


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [6]: p.395,

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