Les Jardiniers

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Les Jardiniers ("The gardeners") is a musical comedy[1] in two acts by Bertin Davesne (fl. 1765-1774)[2] with music by M. Prudent.

The original text

First performed in Paris by the Comédiens Italiens Ordinaires du Roi, on 15 July 1771 and shown at court in 16 December 1771. Published in Paris at La Veuve Allouel, Quay des Gévres in 1772.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as De Tuiniers by J. T. Neyts

Translated into Italian as Li Giardinieri by Federigo Toassa Friot da Asti

Performance history in South Africa

1803: Performed in French in the African Theatre by the Het Fransche Liefhebbery Geselschap under the leadership of C.M. Villet on Saturday 15 October with Le Tonnelier (Audinot).



Facsimile version of the original text, Warwick Digital Collections[3]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 88,

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