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Marcel is a French a drama in one act by Jules Sandeau (1811-1883)[1] and Adrien Decourcelle (1821-1892)[2]

The original text

First performed at the Théâtre-Français in Paris on 18 May, 1872 and published in Paris by Michel Lévy Frères in 1872.

Translations and adaptations

Translated and adapted into English as Awaking by Campbell Clarke, it was performed at the Gaiety Theatre in London in 1872.(The title also given as Marcel, or Awaking.) Published in London by Samuel French and in Lacy's acting edition of plays, volume 98.

It was later also adapted into English as Tears! Idle Tears! by Clement Scott (1841-1904)[3].

Performance history in South Africa

1877: Produced in English as Awaking by Disney Roebuck in the Theatre Royal on 18 October, with Our Boys (Byron).


Facsimile version of the original French text, The Internet Archive[4]

Clement Scott. 1888. "John Clayton", in The Theatre: A Monthly Review and Magazine, Volume 20, Wyman & Sons,[5]

Allardyce Nicoll. 2009. History of English Drama, 1660-1900, Volume 5, Part 2, Google E-book[6]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 361.

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