De Bloemenkrans, of De Minnaar in den Boom

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De Bloemenkrans, of De Minnaar in den Boom is a one act comedy by Henricus van der Sprong (1833-??)[1].

The original text

According to the preface by the author (1836), it was first written in French as a vaudeville piece entitled Le Mariage à l'Houssarde, which was only done once, and was then reworked in a one act Dutch version (without music), entitled De Bloemenkrans, of De Minnaar in den Boom, for performance in 1836, and publication by Mensing en Van Westreenen, Rotterdam, 1836.

Translations and adaptations

Van der Sprong states that he also wrote a German version.

Performance history in South Africa

1846: Performed in Dutch as by the Cape Town company Tot Nut en Vermaak en Door Yver Vruchtbaar on 20 October, as afterpiece to De Burgemeester (Von Brühl).

1853: Performed in Dutch by Door Yver Bloeit de Kunst in Cape Town in the Garrison Theatre on 14 July as afterpiece to Hariadan Barbarossa, of Het Beleg van Reggio (Lamarque de Saint-Victor and Corsse/Fallée).


Facsimile version of the first Dutch edition, Google E-Book[2]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp. 450-1, 457, 497.

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