Coquin de Printemps!

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Coquin de Printemps! ("Spring chicken") is a vaudeville in four acts by Adolphe Jaime (1825-1901)[1] and Georges Duval (1847-1919)[2].

Also found as Coquin de Printemps.

The original text

First performed at the Théâtre des Folies dramatiques in Paris on 13 June, 1888

Published in Paris by P. Ollendorff in 1890.

Translations and adaptations

Translated and adapted as a an Edwardian musical comedy in two acts called The Spring Chicken by George Grossmith, Jr. (1874-1935)[3], with music by Ivan Caryll (1861-1921)[4] and Lionel Monckton (1861-1924)[5] and lyrics by Adrian Ross (1859-1933)[6], Percy Greenbank (1878-1968)[7] and Grossmith.

First produced at the Gaiety Theatre in London by George Edwardes, it opening on 30 May 1905 and on Broadway in 1906. The text and score published by Chappell & Co., in 1905.

Performance history in South Africa

1908: Performed in English as The Spring Chicken at the start of the year, as part of the repertoire of a new (but unnamed) Gaiety Company appearing at the Opera House, Cape Town, probably under the auspices of the Wheeler Brothers.


Facsimile version of the Ollendorp edition of Coquin de Printemps, The Internet Archive[8],forty%20musical%20comedies%20and%20operettas.

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 1932. (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: pp.203-205

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