L'homme au Masque de Fer
The original text
Based on the novel Le Vicomte de Bragelonne (1847) by Alexander Dumas, the play was first performed in the Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, Paris, on 3 August 1831 and the text published in Paris by Barba in the same year.
Translations and adaptations
Adapted from the French by W.J. Lucas, it was first performed in English at the Royal Pavilion Theatre, London, on 30 January, 1832, with the title The Man with the Iron Mask, or The Royal Twins (no author named). Published by T.H. Lacy as The Man with the Iron Mask: in Four Epochs in 1850 (and Samuel French, 1864), now now ascribed to Lucas and containing the description "Each epoch containing a distinct and thrilling phase in this most extraordinary man's life, until his murder in the Bastile [sic], sternly corroborated by facts and documents seized during its demolition by the infuriated people."
The translation is often referred to simply as The Man with the Iron Mask.
Performance history in South Africa
Facsimile version of the French text of 1831, Google E-book
Facsimile version of the French text by Barba of 1831, Google E-book
Transcript version of the Thomas Hailes Lacy text, The Victorian Plays Project
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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