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Claude Marius (Claude Marius Duplany)

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Claude Marius (Claude Marius Duplany)

by Albert John Deneulain, published by Strand Publishing Company
carbon print, published 1 June 1888
4 1/4 in. x 3 1/2 in. (108 mm x 89 mm) image size
Purchased, 1980
Photographs Collection
NPG Ax9317

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Richard Duployen

02 July 2019, 16:29

CLAUDE MARIUS DUPLANY

was born in Paris in 1850. He briefly played chorus and bit parts there. Through a contact he arrived in London in 1869.

He appeared at the Lyceum in principal roles (Hervé's operettas "Chilpéric" and "Little Faust"*) earning the nickname Monsieur Marius.

He returned to his native land to fight in the Franco-Prussian War.

He was back in London in 1872, played sometimes Charles Martel sometimes Drogan in Offenbach's "Genevieve de Brabant". As well as the latter travesti role usually played by a woman he had played Siébel*. He appeared as many other characters.

He was one of Florence St. John's four husbands & played Favart opposite her title role in Offenbach's "Madame Favart" adapted by Farnie. It was even more successful than the French premiere.

There is a photograph of him disguised in livery with his little bell.

Trainee chefs, then tapestry makers interrupt the lecherous Marquis.

"FAVART (sung) Ce n'est pas moi "It isn't me
Ce qui les fit venir, je crois. Who made them come, I think.
C'est ma petite sonnette It's my little bell
Ma sonnette mignonette" My sweet little bell" Act ll Scene 10




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