Henriette the Forsaken

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Henriette the Forsaken is a drama in three acts by John Baldwin Buckstone (1802-1879)[1]

Also found as Henriette, the Forsaken or Henrietta the Forsaken

The original text

According to the author's foreword in the first edition, the story was taken from a German novel called "The Patrician" (probably Die Patrizier - I.e. "The patricians" by Carl Franz van der Velde (1779-1824)[2], styled "Eine Erzählung aus dem letzten Drittel des sechszehnten Jahrhunderts, nach alten Urkunden" and published by Arnold in Dresden, 1823).

A French dramatization by an unnamed author, also based on the novel, appeared shortly after its publication, and it too, inspired Buckstone's play to some extent.

Henriette the Forsaken was first performed at the Theatre Royal Adelphi in 1834 and published by William Strange, London, in the same year.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1861: Performed in the Theatre Royal by the Sefton Parry company as Henrietta the Forsaken on 28 October, with Mr H.W. Franklin and "his celebrated Act" of The Corde Volante and Only a Halfpenny (Oxenford). The evening was a benefit for Mrs Parry.


Facsimile version of the 1834 edition, Google E-book[3]



Facsimile version of the third edition of the novel Die Parizier- 1825, Google E-Book[4]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.99

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