The Daughter of the Regiment
Josephine, The Child of the Regiment is a musical comedy by John Baldwin Buckstone (1802-1879).
Also found as Josephine, The Child of the Regiment, or The Fortune of War and, somewhat confusingly, as The Daughter of the Regiment.
The original text
The play is in part based on Gaetano Donizetti's two act opéra comique, La fille du régiment ("The Daughter of the Regiment") with a French libretto by Jules-Henri Vernoy de Saint-Georges and Jean-François Bayard. This was first performed on 11 February 1840 by the Paris Opéra-Comique at the Salle de la Bourse, after which it was translated into Italian and later into English. Buckstone most probably saw it in the English version at the Surrey Theatre, London, on 21 December, 1847. (The Italian version had been played at Her Majesty's Theatre, London, on 27 May, 1847).
Buckstone's play was first performed at Theatre Royal, Haymarket and first published in London by Thomas Hailes Lacy in 1856.
It was later renamed - somewhat confusingly - The Daughter of the Regiment by some, (for example it was played with this title on August 19, 1872, by the Rotunda Vaudeville Company in in Liverpool).
Translations and adaptations
Performance history in South Africa
Facsimile version of Lacy's 1856 text, The Internet Archive D.C. Boonzaier. 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1923. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)
Facsimile version of the "Monthly Critic and Miscellany" (p.52) in The Court magazine and belle assemblée [afterw.] and monthly critic and the Lady's magazine and museum, (Volume 24), Google E-book
R.J. Broadbent. 1969. Annals of the Liverpool Stage, from the Earliest Period to the Present Time. B. Blom: p.295  By
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