Un Service à Blanchard

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Un Service à Blanchard ("A service to Blanchard") is a vaudeville in 1 one act by Eugène Lemoine-Moreau (1806-1876)[1] and Alfred Delacour (1817-1783)[2]

F.C.L. Bosman (1980, p. 372) wrongly ascribes the work to "F. Vaude".

The original text

First performed in Paris at the , Gymnase, on 6 April 1852.

Translations and adaptations

Adapted from the French vaudeville as To Oblige Benson by Tom Taylor (1817-1880)[3] and termed a comedietta in one act. First performed on 6 March 1854, at the Royal Olympic Theatre, London. The English text published by Samuel French, 1854.

Performance history in South Africa

1859: Performed as To Oblige Benson on 28 July in the Harrington Street Theatre by the Cape Town Dramatic Club, with An Unwarrantable Intrusion (Morton) and My First Fit of the Gout (Morton).

1861: Performed as To Oblige Benson by Sefton Parry and his company on 19 September in the Theatre Royal, with Black-Ey'd Susan (Jerrold).


The Victorian Plays Project, Volume 14[4]




Facsimile version of the Samuel French English text, Hathi Trust Digital Library[5]

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

William Groom. 1899-1900. Drama in Cape Town. Cape Illustrated Magazine, 10(4): 478-481, 517-520, 547-552, 580-584, 640-643, 670-672, 706-708.

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