Le Cretin de la Montagne

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Le Cretin de la Montagne is a French play in five acts and eight tableaux by Eugène Grangé (1810-1887)[1] and Lambert Thiboust (1827-1867)[2].

The original text

First performed at the Theâtre de la Gaité, Paris, on 3 June, 1861. Published by Michel Lévy Frères, Paris, in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Translated and adapted into English as a three-act play called The Idiot of the Mountain by William E. Suter (1811?-1882)[3], and perfdormed at the Royal Surrey Theatre on 7 September, 19861. Published by Thomas Hailes Lacy, London, in the same year.

Performance history in South Africa

1876: Performed in English as The Idiot of the Mountain by the Disney Roebuck's company, under the temporary management of Charles Wilstone in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, as part of the season.


Facsimile version of the 1861 published French text, Gallica[4]

Facsimile version of the 1861 published English text, The Victorian Plays Project[5]




D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.346, footnote 214.

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