La Jeunesse de Henri V
Also found as La Jeunesse d'Henri V
The original play
Performed in the Théâtre Français, on 9 June, 1806 and at St Cloud before the royal family on 22 June. Published in Paris in 1806.
Translations and adaptations
An English version, entitled Charles the Second, or The Merry Monarch was done by John Howard Payne (1791–1852). It was based on (and largely an English translation of) Duval's play. Apparently Washington Irving (1783–1859) assisted in the writing of the play, but is not credited, or at most is mentioned as "contributor" is some versions, and as "a literary friend" in the Preface by Payne. This version was first produced at the Theatre Royal, Covent Garden by Charles Kemble in 1824 and published in London by John Cumberland, in 1824, and by Longman, Hurst, Rees, Orme, Brown, and Green, also in 1824.
Performance history in South Africa
This play was apparently very popular in Cape Town during the mid-19th century.
1846: Performed in Cape Town (possibly by All the World's a Stage) in the newly renamed Hope Street Theatre, now called the Victoria Theatre, on Tuesday 21 July, 1846, with an interlude (Fortune's Frolic, or The Ploughman Turned Lord by Allingham) and as afterpiece A Day after the Fair (Somerset).
1852: Performed in Cape Town by members of the Garrison Players, including Captain Hall and Lieutenant Johnson, with the help of local English amateurs, on 24 March, 1852, as afterpiece to Othello (Shakespeare). The performance was part of three evenings done "for the benefit of the unfortunate soldiers who perished in H.M. Steamer Birkenhead". Unfortunately it appears that the three performances had apparently not served their intended purpose, as they eventually ran at a loss of £30.
1830: Performed in English in Cape Town by All the World's a Stage on 19 June, as afterpiece to The Gambler's Fate, or A Lapse of Twenty Years (Thompson). Billed as a "Petite Comedy" on this occasion.
1831: Performed in Cape Town by All the World's a Stage on 12 November, as afterpiece to The Innkeeper of Abbeville, or The Ostler and the Robber (Fitzball) and Blue Devils (Colman the Younger).
Facsimile version of the 1806 edition of the original French play, The Internet Archive
Facsimile version of the 1806 edition of the original French play, Google E-book
Advert for the Schauwburg van Rhetorica in the Journal d'affiches de Gand et de la Flandre, 21 March 1819 (P. 4)
Facsimile version of the Cumberland edition of the English translation of the play, Google E-Book
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