Le Maître des Forges
The original text
Based on Ohnet's own novel called Le Maître des Forges, which was published in 1882 by Paul Ollendorff, Paris. A stage adaptation as "une pièce en 4 actes et 5 tableaux" was done by Ohnet himself. It premiered at the Théâtre du Gymnase Marie Bell in 1883, and became very popular, receiving more than 271 performances in a few months.
Translations and adaptations
On the 17th of April, 1884 , The Ironmaster, an authorized English adaptation of the play by Arthur Wing Pinero (1855-1934), opened at the St. James’s Theatre, London. The Pinero version was more popular than the Buchanan play, becoming a useful vehicle for the Kendals and being frequently revived during the following decade.
A number of film adaptations of the story were done over the years, e.g. in 1912, 1933, 1948, and 1959.
Performance history in South Africa
1907: The Ironmaster performed in English as part of a short and apparently unsuccessful, season put on by Mrs Cora Brown-Potter (1857–1936) and her company in the Opera House, Cape Town, under the management of The Wheelers, beginning in June and lasting little over a month.
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