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''[[The Somnabulist]]'' is a play in two acts by William Thomas Moncrieff (1794-1857)[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Thomas_Moncrieff]
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Also found as ''[[The Somnambulist, or The Phantom of the Village]]'' or ''[[La Somnambula]]''
==The original text==
Called "A Dramatic Entertainment", it is in fact in a [[burlesque]] based on ''[[La Somnambule, ou L'arrivée d'un Nouveau Seigneur]]'', a scenario for a ballet-pantomime by Eugène Scribe and Jean-Pierre Aumer, music composed by Ferdinand Hérold. Produced in 1827 and quite popular in Paris, the unpublished Scribe work  inspired many more works, including Vincenzo Bellini's well-known Italian opera ''[[La Sonnambula|La Sonnambula, or The Sleepwalker]]''[https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/La_sonnambula].
Moncrieff's text was published as ''[[The Somnabulist]]'' in Issue 224 of Dicks' Standard Plays. Published as ''[[The Somnambulist, or The Phantom of the Village]]'' by J. Cumberland, 1899
==Translations and adaptations==
== Performance history in South Africa ==
1857: Performed by the [[Boscawen Amateurs]] in Simonstown on 28 December, with ''[[Who Speaks First?]]'' (Dance) as a benefit evening for the Indian Sufferers Relief Fund. 
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]]
1869: Performed as ''[[La Somnambula]]'' in the [[Mutual Hall]], Cape Town by the [[Miranda-Harper Company]].
1875: Performed as ''[[La Somnambula]]'' in the [[Bijou Theatre]], Cape Town by [[Disney Roebuck]] and his company, with ''[[Christmas Eve, or The Duel in the Snow]]'' (Fitzball)
1901: ''[[The Somnabulist]]'' performed in the [[Oddfellows Hall]], Cape Town, by [[Morris Waxman]] and his [[Hebrew Artistes]]
== Sources ==
[[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 [[F.C.L. Bosman|Bosman]] 1980: pp. 374-439.)
[[F.C.L. Bosman]]. 1980. ''Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912''. Pretoria: [[J.L. van Schaik]]: pp. 140, 408
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