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Victorine is a domestic melodrama by John Baldwin Buckstone (1802–1879)[1].

The original text

Based on a French musical play of the same name by **.

Full original title in one early published English version: Victorine, or "I'll Sleep on It", and in another Victorine, or The Orphan of Paris (claiming to be "The only edition correctly marked, by permission, from the prompter's book.") Also found as Victorine's Dream, or The Orphan of Paris. Also found in a combined form as Victorine the Orphan of Paris, or I'll Sleep on It

First performed at the Theatre Royal, Adelphi in London at the Adelphi in 1831, repeated in 1837.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1847: Performed in the Drury Lane Theatre, Cape Town as Victorine by Parker's Company, as part of a prosperous season.

1850: Performed in the Hope Street Theatre, Cape Town as Victorine's Dream, or The Orphan of Paris by Parker's Company, with Woman's the Devil.

1861: Performed as Victorine the Orphan of Paris, or I'll Sleep on It by the Sefton Parry and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 23 June, with The Laughing Hyena (Webster).


The Spectator 12 November 1831, Page 16 [2]

Google Books[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp. 418-9

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