L'homme au Masque de Fer
L'homme au Masque de Fer, a drama in 5 acts and in prose, by Narcisse Fournier and Auguste Arnouldt
The original text
First performed in Paris 1831. Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe, France (Odéon-Théâtre de l'Europe) - 03-08-1831
L' homme au masque de fer : drame en cinq parties et en prose ; représenté pour la première fois, à Paris, sur le Théâtre Royal de l'Odéon, le 3 août 1831 / par Arnould et N. Fournier. Published in Paris by Barba, 1831.
Translations and adaptations
Adapted from the French (most likely L'homme au Masque de Fer, a drama in 5 acts and in prose, by Narcisse Fournier and Auguste Arnouldt, based on the novel by Alexander Dumas), by W.J. Lucas, it is described as a work in which each epoch contains "a distinct and thrilling phase in this most extraordinary man's life, until his murder in the Bastile, sternly corroborated by facts and documents seized during its demolition by the infuriated people."
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 and published by T.H. Lacy as The Man with the Iron Mask: in Four Epochs in 1850 and Samuel French, 1864.
However, there is little indication of the French source for his adaptation. It is quite possible that the source was in fact not French, but German, namely Die Eiserne Larve ("The iron mask") a German tragedy in five acts by Heinrich Szchokke (1771-1848).
Another translation, by Frank J Morlock, was published in 2001. by Natick, MA : Rogue Pub.,
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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