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
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.
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").
Facsimile version of the original published text of 1823, Internet Archive
Facsimile version of the original published text, Google E-book
Gerd Aage Gillhoff. 2013. The Royal Dutch Theatre at the Hague 1804–1876. Springer, p. 176
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