La Joie Fait Peur
The original text
The title is normally written in lower case in French sources, i.e. La joie fait peur.
First performed in Paris, at the Théâtre-Français on 25 February, 1854, and published by Callmann-Lévy, Paris.
Translations and adaptations
Night and Morning produced in Manchester in 1871, and at London's Gaiety Theatre in 1872; see Sergel's Acting Drama, No. 370, and a version published by Dramatic Publishing (Chicago), 1871.First performed in Manchester in 1971 then opened at the Gaiety Theatre, London, on November 29, 1871. A version of text was published in Chicago by the Dramatic Publishing Co. and another as Sergel's Acting Drama, No. 370.
The play was also apparently known as Kerry, after the leading character, originally played by Boucicault himself. A number of sources thus refer to the play as either Kerry, or Night and Morning or Night and Morning, or Kerry.
Performance history in South Africa
G.M. Rohrig. 1956. An Analysis of Curtain Acting Editions and Promptbooks of Plays by Dion Boucicault, Unpublished PhD dissertation, The Ohio State University
Richard Fawkes. 2011. Dion Boucicault, Ardent Media: p.132
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