Monsieur Jacques

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Monsieur Jacques is a musical piece, with a libretto by Morris Barnett (1800 – 1856)[1] and music composed by John Barnett (1802-`1890)[2].

The original text

The play apparently created a furore when it was performed at the St. James's Theatre, London in 1837, starring the author.

Published as Monsieur Jacques: A Musical Piece (with The Sergeant's Wife) by Thomas Hailes Lacy, 1837.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

Performed three times to popular acclaim in Cape Town in 1855 by Sefton Parry.

1855: Performed in the Drawing Room Theatre by Sefton Parry "to popular acclaim" on Monday 2 July 1855, with Delicate Ground, or Paris in 1793 (Dance),and Domestic Economy (Lemon);

1855: Announced by Sefton Parry for Monday 9 July 1855 with Used Up, or The Peer and the Ploughboy (Boucicault), but apparently postponed to an unnamed date, and perhaps not done.

1855: Performed in the Drawing Room Theatre by Sefton Parry on Friday 13 July 1855 with A Capital Match (J.M. Morton) and The Cockney in Corsica (J.M. Morton).

1857: Performed in the Harrington Street Theatre , Cape Town, on 23 September by the Sefton Parry Company. Also performed was Who Speaks First? (Dance) and Crimson Crimes (Anon.).


"Monsieur Jacques" in Google Books[3]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 430-432;

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 59, 61, 150

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