Valentine and Orson
The original text
The play is based on the medieval romance of Valentine and Orson, which has been attached to the Carolingian cycle, and has been adapted and re-written in most European languages in some form or another.
The play by Dibdin was first performed at Sadler's Wells in 1794, but became famous through the 1804 production which is described in the published version (by Barker in London, 1804), as "performed at the Theatre-Royal Govent-Garden... And produced under the direction of Mr. Farley. The overture and music by Mr. Jouve".
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1818: Performed by the Gentlemen Amateurs with the help of Mr Cooke and his company of ladies, in the African Theatre, Cape Town on 11 July, with Wild Oats (O'Keeffe), including a new Dance solo by Mr E. Garoute.
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