La Femme à Deux Maris

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La Femme à Deux Maris ("The Wife With Two Husbands") is a tragedy in 3 acts by René Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt[1] (1773 – 1844).

The original text

First performed at the Théâtre de l'Ambigu-Comique on February 16, 1802 and published as a "mélo-drame en trois actes, en prose et à spectacle" in Paris in 1802.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as De Vrouw met Twee Mannen ("The Wife With Two Husbands") by C. A. van Ray, published by Van Kesteren, 1803.

Performance history in South Africa

1825: Performed in Dutch as De Vrouw met Twee Mannen in Cape Town by C.E. Boniface's society, Honi Soit qui Mal y Pense, on 20 August, with C.E. Boniface's satire Limaçon de Dichter.

1825: Performed in Dutch as De Vrouw met Twee Mannen in Cape Town by Honi Soit qui Mal y Pense on 15 October, with The Liar (Foote), and ending with a large scale ballet (a "Groot Finaal" or "Grand Finale") by the company. The cast for this play consisted of Messrs D. Disant, H. Roselt, C.E. Boniface, M.C. Wolff, F. Waldek, H. Meurant, W. Brandt and P. Biel and Misses C. Roselt and L. Meurant, with additional young dancers , including Messrs J.M. Hancke, H Russouw, P. Theunissen, J. Rouvière, H. de Wet, L. Rouvière, A. Tromp, and Misses J.C. Geyer, C. Rouvière, C. Brink, A. Siegruhn, J. de Jongh, E.A. Geyer and A. Hancke.


Facsimile of 1802 French text, Google eBook[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 284-5, 293-5, 369, 379.

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