Le Mariage d'Orgueil
The original text
First performed at the Théâtre National du Vaudeville, Paris, 23 March 1838. Printed in Paris by Dondey-Dupré (date unknown) and by Marchant, 1838.
Translations and adaptations
Adapted and translated into English as A Wonderful Woman (also known as The Marquis and Cobbler) by Charles Dance (1794-1863). Also known by joint title: The Wonderful Woman, or The Marquis and The Cobbler. Another title, given by Allardyce Nicoll (2009), is The Marriage of Pride, or The Marquis and the Cobbler. Nicoll provides two possible dates for performances of a play by latter name at the Grecian Theatre, London, i.e. 14/9/1854 and 21/6/1860.
Performance history in South Africa
1860: Performed as A Wonderful Woman by Charles Fraser and his "Thespian Company" in a tent in Simon's Town on 15 April. Also performed were a play called The Croaker, or The Business of Human Life (no author given) was and songs sung as intermezzo.
1869: Performed by the officers and men of the 32nd Light Infantry in Grahamstown, with The Bride of Abydos (probably the burlesque version by H.J. Byron), in the presence of the Lieutenant Governor and the local elite.
1877: Performed as The Wonderful Woman (and wrongly attributed to "Geo. Dance" by Bosman, 1980) in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck's company on 5 September, with Peep O' Day (Jerrold). A benefit performance for Georgina Robinson and W. Foulis.
Facsimile version of the Dondey-Dupré published French text, The Internet Archive[]
Allardyce Nicoll. 2009. History of English Drama, 1660-1900 (Volume 5, Part 2), Cambridge University Press: p. 716
The Auckland Star, Volume XVII, Issue 226, 25 September, 1886
William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.
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