Tékéli, ou Le Siége de Montgatz

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Tékéli, ou Le Siége de Montgatz ("Tekeli, or The Siege of Montgatz") is a French melodrama in three acts by René-Charles Guilbert de Pixérécourt (1773 – 1844)[1].

Original text

Called a "mélodrame historique en 3 actes et en prose", it was first performed at the the Théâtre de l’Ambigu-Comique[2] in Paris on 29 December 1803, to a record with a run of 430 nights. Published in Paris by Barba in 1804, and again in 1808 and 1815.

Translations and adaptations

A major adaptation in English called Tekeli, or The Siege of Montgatz was done by Theodore Edward Hook[3] (1788-1841), with music by James Hook (Snr 1746-1827). First performed in English at the Theatre-Royal, Drury-Lane in 1806 and published in London by C. and R. Baldwin, 1806 and in New York by D. Longworth, at the Shakespeare Gallery, 1807.

Performance history in South Africa

1824: Performed in English by the English Theatricals in the African Theatre, Cape Town on 10 April with Love à-la-Mode (Macklin) as afterpiece.

1848: Performed in English in Cape Town by the Garrison Theatrical Company on 26 September , with the farce Fortune's Frolic, or The Ploughman Turned Lord (Allingham)

Translations and adaptations



Facsimile of the 1804 French text (Google eBook)[4]

Facsimile version of the 1815 publication of the French text (Google eBook)[5]

Allardyce Nicoll, 1930. A History of Early Nineteenth Centry Drama 1800-1850 : p. 82[6]



F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [7]: pp. 198, 397

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