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Pierre Berton (playwright)

Pierre Berton
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Pierre Berton by Nadar
Born
Pierre Montan

6 March 1842
Died1912 (aged 69–70)
OccupationPlaywright, comedian

Pierre Berton, (6 March 1842 – 1912) was a French playwright and comedian.

Biographie

Pierre Berton, real name Pierre François Samuel Montan, was the grandson of the composer Henri Montan Berton (1767-1844), the son of the comedian Charles-François Montan Berton, called Francisque Berton (1820-1874) and of Caroline Samson, novelist and Joseph Samson's daughter, himself a sociétaire de la Comédie française.

Pierre Berton first appeared as an actor on the Parisian stages, winning success at the théâtre du Gymnase, the Théâtre de l'Odéon, the Théâtre-Français, and the théâtre du Vaudeville. In 1865, he made his debut as playwright with Les Jurons de Cadillac, a one-act comedy, and carried on two years later with another comedy, La Vertu de ma femme. Therefore, during three decades, he would alternate his work as an author and an actor. At the end of the 19th century, he stopped performing but continued to write for theatre until his death.

From 1908 to 1909, he serialized his Souvenirs de la vie de théâtre in Le Figaro Littéraire [fr], published as a book in 1913.

Comedian

  • 1864: Les Flibustiers de la Sonore by Gustave Aimard and Amédée Rolland, Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin
  • 1869: Patrie ! by Victorien Sardou, Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin
  • 1886: Le Crocodile by Victorien Sardou, Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin
  • 1887: La Tosca by Victorien Sardou, Théâtre de la Porte Saint Martin
  • 1891: L'Impératrice Faustine by Stanislas Rzewuski, Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin
  • 1895: Le Collier de la reine by Pierre Decourcelle, Théâtre de la Porte-Saint-Martin

Playwright

Publication

  • Pierre Berton, Souvenirs de la vie de théâtre, La Revue de Paris, Paris, 1913

References

  1. ^ BNF
  2. ^ « Simon faisait ses premières armes en tant qu'écrivain ; il était fils de l'ex-ministre de l'instruction publique Jules Simon, sénateur à vie et membre influent du parti conservateur. Leur collaboration à la rédaction de Zaza fut purement occasionnelle.» Alban Ramaut, Le Naturalisme sur la scène lyrique, Université de Saint-Étienne, 2004 ; Le Naturalisme sur la scène lyrique, p. 367, at Google Books
  3. ^ Johnson, Katie N. (2002). "Zaza: That "Obtruding Harlot" of the Stage." Theatre Journal. Vol. 54, no. 2. pp. 223-243. Retrieved 2017-08-31 via Project MUSE database. doi:10.1353/tj.2002.0046.
  4. ^ Zaza de Belasco, sur Ibdb

Bibliography

  • A. de Gubernatis, Dictionnaire international des écrivains du jour, Louis Niccolai éditeur, Florence, 1891 ; available at Gallica, page 285

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