Henry of Navarre

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Henry of Navarre is a "Romantic Play in Four Acts" by William Devereux (1869 or 1870-1945)[1].

The original text

Based on the life of Henry IV of France[2], the first a Protestant king of France, nicknamed "Henri le Grand" ("Henry the Great"), "le bon roi Henri" ("the good king Henry") or "le vert galant" ("The Green Gallant"). In English he is most often referred to as Henry of Navarre.

First performed in 1908, it played at the New Theatre, London, in 1909. Performed at the Princess's Theatre in Melbourne by J.C. Williamson's Dramatic Company on 11 September, 1910.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1910: Produced by Leonard Rayne and his company, as part of their repertoire of six plays, opening at the Standard Theatre, Johannesburg, and then touring the various cities, including a performances at the Opera House, Cape Town, in April. The cast included Amy Coleridge in a return to the stage.




"Henry of Navarre," By William Devereux, at the New Theatre. 1909, photos in the Illustrated Sporting and Dramatic News, January 23rd 1909[3]


B.W.Findon, 1908. The Play Pictorial, London, Vol. 13, Issue 79, (September 1908): [79]-100.[4]

Peter Quince. 1910. "The Playgoer" in Punch (Melbourne, Victoria), Thursday 15 September, 1910 (p. 32)[5]

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.433

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