Also found as Blue Beard in English.
Barbe-bleue - The source material
The first surviving version of the story appeared as Barbe-bleue in a handwritten and illustrated manuscript in 1695 titled Contes de ma mère l'oye (Tales of Mother Goose) by Charles Perrault, later published by Barbin in Paris in 1697 in Histoires ou contes du temps passé ("histories or stories of former times").
There have been numerous stage versions of the basic story over the ages, ranging from serious plays and operas to extravaganzas and pantomimes. Below we list only those stage versions that have been done in South Africa. For more on the general stage history of the Bluebeard tale, see the listing in the entry on "Bluebeard" in Wikipedia and especially Casie Hermansson's useful study called Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition (Univ. Press of Mississippi, 2009 ).
Blue Beard by James Robinson Planché and Charles Dance (1839)
The original text
A fairy extravaganza in one act and in verse written by James Robinson Planché (1796–1880) and Charles Dance (1794–1863). It was first performed in the Royal Olympic Theatre, London, on 2 January, 1839. Published by T.H. Lacy as well as S.G. Fairbrother, 1839
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
1878: Performed as a "Burlesque Pantomime" as a part of benefit for Mr Tom Paulton and his wife (Mrs Tom Paulton) by an anonymous company in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, with Foul Play or The Scuttled Ship (Boucicault and Reade).
Facsimile of the 1839 publication by Lacy, Google E-book
Casie Hermansson. 2009 Bluebeard: A Reader's Guide to the English Tradition Univ. Press of Mississippi.
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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