La Joie Fait Peur
The original text
The title is normally written in lower case in French sources, i.e. La joie fait peur.
First performed in Paris, at the Théâtre-Français on 25 February, 1854, and published by Callmann-Lévy, Paris.
Translations and adaptations
On 25 November 1863 Mon-Joie Fait Peur ("my joy causes fear"), an apparent one act parody by Paul Siraudin (1813-1883) and Ernest Blum of De Girardin's play, was performed at the Théâtre des Variétés in Paris and published there in the same year.
First performed in Manchester in 1871, the play opened in London at the Gaiety Theatre on November 29, 1871, playing into 1872. A version of text was published in Chicago by the Dramatic Publishing Co. in 1871 and another version as Sergel's Acting Drama, No. 370.
The play was also apparently known as Kerry, after the leading character, originally played by Boucicault himself. A number of sources thus refer to the play as either Kerry, or Night and Morning or Night and Morning, or Kerry.
Performance history in South Africa
G.M. Rohrig. 1956. An Analysis of Curtain Acting Editions and Promptbooks of Plays by Dion Boucicault, Unpublished PhD dissertation, The Ohio State University
Richard Fawkes. 2011. Dion Boucicault, Ardent Media: p.132
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