The original text
It was first performed at the Théâtre de Vaudeville, Paris on 14 March 1840 and published in the Magasin Théatral by Marchant, 1840.
Productions in South Africa
There is some uncertainty about any productions of this work in South Africa. F.C.L. Bosman (1980), and presumably the company (Door Yver Bloeit de Kunst), claims that the play performed by various incarnations of Door Yver Bloeit de Kunst between 1855 and 1910 was a "tragedy in five acts". If this is correct, it does suggest that the play produced was in fact Das Geheimnis, a 5-act tragedy by Vulvius, and not this three act play by Fournier and Arnould, as Bosman states in his 1980 history. (The Dutch version is also a three act play.)
1896: Het Geheim produced by Door Yver Bloeit de Kunst at the new Opera House, Cape Town on 7 July, with De Sint Nicolaas Avond, of Het Bezoek door den Schoorsteen (Kup).
1910: Het Geheim produced as the last production by Door Yver Bloeit de Kunst under the leadership of the 71 year old Johan Combrink, at the Good Hope Theatre 2 June and repeated on 4 June, followed by a ballet by 16 children, accompanied by the musical corps of F.H. Boonzaier. The critic D.C. Boonzaier wrote a devastating criticism of what was apparently a ludicrous melodrama, badly presented, though other critics weren't as negative.
Kulturstiftung der Länder: Bibliothek der Deutschen Literatur - Bibliographie und Register, p. 423
Facsimile of the German text of 1800 (Google eBook)
Facsimile version of the French text of 1840 (Google eBook)
Louis B. Petit,Catalogus Der Bibliotheek Van de Maatschappij Der Nederlandsche Letterkunde Te Leiden, (Part 2): p. 78 (Google eBook)
J.A. Worp, Geschiedenis van het drama en van het tooneel in Nederland. Deel 2.P. 431
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