Le Deserteur

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Le Deserteur is a French play in five acts by Louis Sébastien Mercier (1740 – 1814)[1].

Not to be confused with Der Deserteur, a German farce in one act by August von Kotzebue or the Dutch version (De Deserteur) by J.S. van Esveldt-Holtrop(based on the German version).

The original play

First produced in Brest 23 January, 1771 by M. Patrat. Published in Lyon in 1717 by Castaud.

Translations and adaptations

Translated and adapted into English as The Point of Honour, a prose play in three acts by Charles Kemble (1775–1854).

First performed in English at the Theatre Royal Haymarket in 1808, and published by Longman et al, London in 1808.

Performance history in South Africa

1822: Performed in the Kemble English version by the Garrison Players on 14 September 1822 in the African Theatre, with the burlesque Amoroso, King of Little Britain (Planché) and The Irishman in London (Wm Macready)


Facsimile version of 1717 French text, the Digital Archive[2]


Digital facsimile version of 1808 text (A Google E-Book)[3]

Kemble, Charles (DNB00) in the Dictionary of National Biography, 1885-1900 [4]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [5]: p.182,

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