Lady Melvil, ou Le Joaillier de Saint-James

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Lady Melvil, ou Le Joaillier de Saint-James is a French a musical comedy in 3 acts, by Henri de Saint-Georges (1799-1875)[1] and Adolphe de Leuven (1800-1884)[2], with music by M. Albert Grisar (1808-1869)[3]

The original text

First performed in Paris at the Theatre de la Rennaisance (Salle Ventadour) on 15 November 1838. Published by Marchant, 1838.

Translations and adaptations

Freely adapted into English from the French as The Jeweller of St James by William E. Suter (1811?-1882)[4].

The English text first performed 17 February, 1862 in the Opera Comique London.

Performance history in South Africa

1870: Performed in English as The Jeweller of St James by the Young Men's Institute and Club Dramatic Company, Cape Town, on 25th August, with Match Making (Poole)


Facsimile version of the original French text, Google E-book[5]

Online books by William E. Suter, The Online Books Page[6]

The Victorian Plays Project, Electronic Catalogue - Volume 55[7]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.276-7.

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