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''[[Lucrèce Borgia]]'' is a French play by Victor Hugo (1802-1885)[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Victor_Hugo]
#REDIRECT [[Lucrezia Borgia]]
It is also referred to as ''[[Lucrezia Borgia]]'' or ''[[Lucretia Borgia]]''.
='''''[[Lucrèce Borgia]]''''': The original text=
Based on the various stories about of Spanish-Italian noblewoman Lucrezia Borgia (1480–1519)[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lucrezia_Borgia], Hugo's play consists of 15 scenes in 3 acts. It was initially called '''''[[Le Festin à Ferrare]]''''' ("the feast at Ferrara") and was written in July of 1832, possibly being altered slightly before the production. The play was first performed at the Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin on 2 February, 1833, with the mise en scène by Hugo himself with the leading actor,  Frédérick Lemaitre, and music by Alexandre Piccinni. The text was published in Paris by Eugène Renduel, 1833.
=Translations and adaptations=
=='''''[[Lucrezia Borgia]]''''' by Donizetti==
Felice Romani  based his Italian libretto for Gaetano Donizetti's (1797-1848)[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Gaetano_Donizetti] melodramatic opera '''''[[Lucrezia Borgia]]''''' (in a prologue and two acts)  on Hugo's play. The opera was first performed on 26 December 1833 at La Scala, Milan.
=='''''[[Lucretia Borgia]]''''' by  J.M. Weston==
The French text was adapted as a three act English drama called '''''[[Lucretia Borgia]]''''' ("A Drama in Three Acts : Adapted from the French of Victor Hugo ") by J.M. Weston ()[]. First performed in the St Charles Theatre, New Orleans in 1844, the Fedral Street Theatre, Boston in 1847. The text first published in New York by [[Samuel French]] (circa 1865?).
= Performance history in South Africa =
==Performances of the play==
1866: Performed as ''[[Lucretia Borgia]]'' by the [[Le Roy-Duret Company]] in the [[Harrington Street Theatre]], Cape Town, on 29 January, with ''[[A Duel in the Dark]]'' (Coyne) as afterpiece. Bosman (1980) suggests this was probably the Weston version, though the next performance (on the 15th of March) bills it as a "laughable [[Ethiopian farce]]", thus possibly a [[burlesque]] version of the Donizetti opera. Given the company's normal fare, the latter sounds highly likely.
1867: Performed as ''[[Lucretia Borgia]]'' by the [[Le Roy-Duret Company]] in the [[Harrington Street Theatre]], Cape Town, on 31 January, with ''[[Mrs Green's Snug Little Business]]'' (Cheltnam) as afterpiece.
==Performances of the opera==
1869: Performed tin the [[Mutual Hall]], Cape Town by the [[Miranda-Harper Company]] .
= Sources =
[[F.C.L. Bosman]]. 1980. ''Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912''. Pretoria: [[J.L. van Schaik]]: pp.201-3, 206-7, 210-211, 220, 222, 294, 298.
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