Lucrèce Borgia

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Lucrèce Borgia is a French play by Victor Hugo ()

It is often referred to as Lucrezia Borgia.

The original text

Based on the various stories about of Spanish-Italian noblewoman Lucrezia Borgia (1480–1519)[1], 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. The text was published in Paris by Eugène Renduel, 1833.

Translations and adaptations

Felice Romani based his Italian libretto for Gaetano Donizetti's 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.

Performance history in South Africa


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.