Nos Intimes!

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Nos Intimes! is a French comedy in four acts by Victorien Sardou (1831-1908)[1].

The original text

First performed at the Théâtre du Vaudeville, Paris on 16 November, 1861 and published by Michel Lévy Frêres, Paris, in 1862.

Translations and adaptations

The play was popular and often translated into English, under varying titles, e.g.

Friends or Foes? by Horace Wigan in 1862

Our Friends by George March in 1872

Peril by "Saville Rowe" (Clement Scott, 1841-1904[2]) and "Bolton Rowe" (B.C. Stephenson, 1839-1906[3]) in 1876.

Performance history in South Africa

1887: Peril, Scott and Stephenson's English version, was performed as part of the repertoire of the Wheeler Theatre Company when they played in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town during April and May. Probably directed by Sutton Vane, who also played the lead, opposite Annie Baldwin.


Facsimile version of the 1862 French text, The Internet Archive[4]

D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 384

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