Josephine, The Child of the Regiment
Also found with the titles Josephine, the Child of the Regiment, or The Fortune of War and as The Daughter of the Regiment.
The original text
The play is in part based on the two act opéra comique, La fille du régiment ("The Daughter of the Regiment") by Gaetano Donizetti (1797-1848). This was first performed on 11 February 1840 by the Paris Opéra-Comique at the Salle de la Bourse, after which it was translated into Italian and later into English. Buckstone most probably saw it in the English version at the Surrey Theatre, London, on 21 December, 1847. (The Italian version had been played at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, on 27 May, 1847).
It was later renamed - somewhat confusingly - The Daughter of the Regiment by some companies, (for example it was played with this title on August 19, 1872, by the Rotunda Vaudeville Company in Liverpool, and in South Africa during the 1880s).
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
Facsimile version of Lacy's 1856 text, The Internet Archive 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 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)
Facsimile version of the "Monthly Critic and Miscellany" (p.52) in The Court magazine and belle assemblée [afterw.] and monthly critic and the Lady's magazine and museum, (Volume 24), Google E-book
R.J. Broadbent. 1969. Annals of the Liverpool Stage, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time. B. Blom: p.295  By
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