The original text
The French libretto was written by Eugène Scribe (1791-1861) and Mélesville (1787-1865) after the singspiel Jery und Bätely by Goethe, and music by Adolphe Adam(1803-1856). First performed at the Opéra-Comique, Salle de la Bourse, Paris on 25 September 1834.
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Performance history in South Africa
1857: Performed as as Why don't She Marry? for the opening production in Sefton Parry's first wooden theatre in Harrington Street, Cape Town, on 14 September (along with Morton's two plays A Kiss in the Dark and A Thumping Legacy).
1861: A play called Le Chalet Suisse , uncredited and billed as the "Musical Comedietta", was performed by Sefton Parry and company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town on 27 June, along with London Assurance (Boucicault). It is most probably the work by Scribe et al. (The title is misspelled by Bosman as "Le Chalet Swisse" in the text, but correctly as "Le Chalet Suisse" in the index to his 1980 history.)
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