Les Filles de Marbre ("The young women of marble") is a drama in five acts with songs by Lambert-Thiboust (1827-1867)and Théodore Barrière (1823-1877).
The original text
First performed at the Théâtre du Vaudeville, Paris, on 17 May, 1853. The text published in Paris by Michel Lévy Fréres in 1853.
Translations and adaptations
Translated and adapted as an English play in five acts called The Marble Heart, or The Sculptor's Dream by Charles Selby. Referred to as "A Romance of Real Life : in Five Chapters",
Published by 1854. Also by Samuel French & Son, 1883. The English title also found simply as The Marble Heart.
Translated into Dutch as Vrouwen Zonder Hart ("Women without hearts") by G. van Beek in 1866.
Performance history in South Africa
1875: Performed in English as The Marble Heart, or The Sculptor's Dream in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck's company on 4 and 10 March, with The Bonnie Fishwife (Selby).
1875: Performed in English as The Marble Heart in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck's company on 30 June.
1876: Performed in English as The Marble Heart in the Bijou Theatre, Cape Town, by Disney Roebuck's company on 26 June.
1876: Performed as The Marble Heart by the Disney Roebuck company in the Athenaeum Hall, Cape Town, on 25 July, with The Captain's not a Miss (Wilks).
1877: Performed as The Marble Heart by Disney Roebuck and his company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 5 October, featuring Sutton Vane. The afterpiece was The Loan of a Lover by Planché.
Facsimile version of the original French edition of 1853, Google E-Book
Gerd Aage Gillhoff. 2013. The Royal Dutch Theatre at the Hague 1804–1876. Springer: p.154.
F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 322, 325, 328, 331, 340-1, 361
William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.
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