Un Tigre du Bengale

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Un Tigre du Bengale ("A tiger from Bengal") is a one act "comédie vaudeville" (or "comédie mêlée de chants") by Édouard Brisebarre (1815-1871)[1] and Marc-Michel (1812-1868)[2].

This play should not be confused with The Bengal Tiger by Charles Dance (1794-1863)[3], first performed in 1837.

The original text

First performed in Paris, at the Théâtre de la Montansier on 12 September, 1849. Published in Paris by Beck, 1849 and in Brussels by Lelong, 1849.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as De Bengaalsche Tijger ("The Bengal tiger") by an unknown translator.

Performance history in South Africa

1893: According to F.C.L. Bosman, a play called De Bengaalsche Tijger, credited to "Brissebarre and Michel", was performed as one of seven plays done in the President Theatre, Pretoria, by Onze Taal in this year, most probably directed by Dirk Balfoort.


Facsimile version of the Lelong text, Google E-book[4]

Facsimile version of the 1837 text of The Bengal Tiger by Dance, Hathi Trust Digital Library[5]


Bernth Lindfors. 2011. Ira Aldridge: Performing Shakespeare in Europe, 1852-1855, Boydell & Brewer[6]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.484.

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