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L'Héritière ("The heir") is a "comédie-vaudeville" by Eugène Scribe (1791-1861) and Germain Delavigne (1790-1868)

The original text

First performed at the Théâtre du Gymnase Dramatique in Paris 20 December, 1823. Clearly popular it was published in Paris by Pollet, 1823, in Brussels by Dupon, 1827 and again in Paris by Barba, 1834.

It was possibly derived from one of two 19th century French plays called Le Testament, the one a one act comedy by Bernard Le Bovier de Fontenelle()[] published in 1751 or the other a vaudeville style one act play ("comédie en un acte et en prose, mêlée de vaudevilles") by J.B. Radet ()[] from 1797. Judging from internal evidence, the latter is the most likely candidate.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as Het Testament ("Blijspel, met sang") by an anonymous author, first performed in Amsterdam and published in there by Westerman en Zoon and Van der Hulst in 1834.

The same translation, listed as Het Testament, of De Erfgename ("The will, or the heir"), was performed at the Royal Dutch Theatre at the Hague in 1836.

It is most probably the translation listed by F.C.L. Bosman (1980) as Het Testament ("The will") and described as a Dutch one act play adapted "from the French" by P. van der Velde ()[].

Performance history in South Africa

1870: Possibly the play performed in Dutch as Het Testament in the Germania Hall, Cape Town, by Aurora II on 9 August, with Twee Emmers Water (). (According to Bosman (1980) a one act play by a "P. van der Velde").

1910: According to Bosman (1980), Het Testament (similarly credited) was again was performed in Dutch in the ANV Saal, Cape Town, by Aurora III on 3 March.


Facsimile version of the original published text of 1823, Internet Archive[1]

Facsimile version of the original published text, Google E-book[2]

Facsimile version of the 1834 Dutch text of Het Testament of , Google E-book[3]

Gerd Aage Gillhoff. 2013. The Royal Dutch Theatre at the Hague 1804–1876. Springer, p. 176[4]

Facsimile version of Le Testament in the Oeuvres de Monsiour De Fontenelle, Google E-book[5]

Facsimile version of the 1797 edition of Le Testament, Google E-book[6]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 465, 476.

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