The Queen's Horse

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The Queen's Horse is a burletta in one act by journalist Michael Burke Honan (floreat circa 1830-1840)[1] and James Robinson Planché (1796-1880)[2]

The original French text

According to a reviewer in The Aldine Magazine this was a "free and compressed translation of Le Brasseur de Preston", an opéra-comique[3] in three acts, composed by Adolphe Adam (1803—1856) to a libretto by Adolphe de Leuven (1800-1884) and Léon-Lévy Brunswick (1805-1859), and first performed in Paris at the Opéra-Comique, Salle de la Bourse on 31 October, 1838. It was published by in Paris by J. Delahante, n.d.(ca.1838).

The original English text

The English one-act version by Honan and Planché was first performed at Madame Vestris's Royal Olympic Theatre on 3 December, 1838 and published in London by Chapman and Hall in 1839.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1854: Performed on 5 June in the Garrison Theatre by the Garrison Players and some local Amateurs, with a cast which included Mrs Arlington and Captain Hall. The other plays presented were The Rent Day (Jerrold) and The Spitalfields Weaver (Bayly).


Facsimile version of a review in The Aldine Magazine, Dec. 1838-June 1839, Volume 1: p. 29. (Google eBook)[4],_Adolphe)

Online Books by Michael Burke Honan, The Online Books Page[5]

Facsimile version of the 1839 text, Hathi Trust Digital Library[6]

James Planché bibliography, Wikipedia[7]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [8]: pp. 407-8,

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