La Prise de Sainte Lucie
The original text
The play was originally written in French as a one act comedy, dedicated to Her Serene Highness the Princess von Fürstenberg. Published in Lausanne in 1781 by Francois Grasset and Company. Notable is the fact that the characters have the surname "Blanford" in the French version, but "Blandford" in a number of the German and the Dutch versions or references to it (e.g. F.C.L. Bosman, 1928)
Translations and adaptations
The French play was translated into German by an anonymous author and published as Die Eroberung von St. Lucie (Vienna, 1781) and Die Eroberung von Sant Lucia) ( 1781), and later as Blanford und Charlotte, oder Die Eroberung von St. Lucie (dedicated to Miss Charlotte Emmel, Sachenburg, performed in Köln by the Böhmischen Gesellschaft, and published 1782 by Ulrich Weiß und C. L. Brede, Offenbach am Main).
Translated from the German into Dutch and adapted as a two act version called Charlotte Blanford, of De Wedergevonden Vader, by Martinus Gerardus Engelman (1772-1823). The Dutch text was published in 1799 by H. van Kesteren, Amsterdam.
Performances in South Africa
1833: Performed in Dutch on 28 September as Charlotte Blandford, of De Wedergevonden Vader in the local "Schouwburg" (theatre) of Stellenbosch by Door Yver Vruchtbaar, with De Dochter van Pharao (Von Kotzebue).
1849: The Dutch version performed as Charlotte Blandford, of De Wedergevonden Vader in Cape Town by Door Yver Bloeit de Kunst on 19 June with De Man van Veertig Jaren (Fagan/Kotzebue) as an afterpiece
Facsimile of the 1782 German text of Blanford und Charlotte, oder Die Eroberung von St. Lucie (Google E-Book)
A. B. Saakes, 1800. Naamlijst van Nederduitsche boeken, als mede van Fransche en Latijnsche werken, oratiën, dissertatiën, konstprenten, pourtraitten, landkaarten, enz. gedurende de jaar 1799 in ons vaderland uitgekomen: p. 180 (Google E-Book)
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