Les Frères à l'Épreuve

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Les Frères à l'Épreuve ("The brothers tested") is a prose play in 3 acts by Benoît Pelletier-Volméranges (1756-1824).

The original play

First performed in the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris, on 6 September 1806. Published in Paris by Setier, 1806.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as De Broeders op den Toets by Cornelis van der Vijver, published in Amsterdam in 1807 by Van Esveldt Holtrop.

Performance history in South Africa

1818: Performed in Cape Town in Dutch as De Broeders Op Den Toets on 23 May 1818 by Tot Nut en Vermaak, with the one-act farce Het Misverstand, of Elk is Een Dief in Zyn Neering ("K")

1825: Performed in Dutch as De Broeders op de Toets by Tot Nut en Vermaak on 4 June in De Liefhebbery Toneel, with as afterpiece Uilenspiegel (Von Kotzebue).


Published text of Les Frères à l'Épreuve (1806), Google E-Book[1]

Published text of Broeders op den Toets (1807), Google E-Book[2]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 132, 236,

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