Les Deux Forçats, ou La Meunière du Puy de Dôme
Les Deux Forçats, ou La Meunière du Puy de Dôme ("The two convicts, or the wife of the miller at Puy de Dôme") is a French melodrama in 3 acts by Jean Bernard Eugène Cantiran de Boirie (1785-1837), Pierre-Frédéric-Adolphe Carmouche (1797-1868) and Adolphe Poujol (1811-1898), with music composed by Louis Alexandre Piccinni (1779-1850).
The original text
The first performance was at the Théâtre de la Porte Saint-Martin, Paris on 3 October, 1822. The text was published in 1822 by Bollet (Paris) and Gambier (Bruxelles)
Translations and adaptations
Translated into Dutch as Het Schandmerk, of De Twee Galeiboeven ("The mark of shame, or the two galley convicts") by Jan de Quack (1769-1852), who was at one time the mayor of Beverwijk, and a translator and author of novels and plays. His translation was published in 1823.
The Dutch version performed in South Africa as Het Brandmerk, of De Twee Galeiboeven (similarly meaning "the mark of shame, or the two galley convicts") was adapted for use by the Rederykers by Leonard.
Performance history in South Africa
1834: Performed on 12 April 1834 as Het Schandmerk, of De Twee Galeiboeven by Vlyt en Kunst, followed by the musical comedy Het Dorp aan de Grenzen, of De Hollanders en de Brabanders (J. van Lennep)
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