La Somnambule, ou L'arrivée d'un Nouveau Seigneur
La Somnambule, ou L'arrivée d'un Nouveau Seigneur is a scenario for a ballet-pantomime by Eugène Scribe and Jean-Pierre Aumer, with music composed by Ferdinand Hérold.
The original text
Produced in 1827 and quite popular in Paris, the text was never published.
Translations and adaptations
Despite being unpublished, the Scribe work inspired many other works, including:
La Sonnambula, or The Sleepwalker by Vincenzo Bellini
The Somnambulist by William Thomas Moncrieff (1794-1857)
Called "A Dramatic Entertainment", it is a burlesque based on Scribe's scenario for the original ballet-pantomime. of play in two acts, it is which is also found as The Somnambulist, or The Phantom of the Village, La Somnambula or The Sleep-Walker, or La Somnambula)
Performance history in South Africa
1857: What appears to have been La Somnambula or The Sleep-Walker (by Bellini and Romani) was performed by Sefton Parry and his company in the Harrington Street Theatre, Cape Town, on 8 December, with The Mistress of the Mill (Moncrieff) as afterpiece.
1862: Performed often (as La Somnambula) by the Christy Minstrels, during their three-month long tour of the Cape Province. The company was led by Mr Melvyn, with Mr Norton, Mr Rainford and Joe Brown. The director of the orchestra was Mr Stewart
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