Adrienne Lecouvreur (play)

Adrienne Lecouvreur is a French tragic play written by Ernest Legouvé and Eugène Scribe. It portrays the life of the leading French actress of the eighteenth century Adrienne Lecouvreur and her mysterious death. It was produced April 14, 1849.[1]


In 1902 the play was used as the basis for the libretto of the opera Adriana Lecouvreur by Francesco Cilea and Arturo Colautti. It was also the basis of the operetta Adrienne with music by Walter W. Goetze, produced in Hamburg in 1926. There have been a number of film versions of the play including Dream of Love (1928) an American film starring Joan Crawford and Adrienne Lecouvreur (1938) a Franco-German co-production directed by Marcel L'Herbier and starring Yvonne Printemps.



  1. The New international Encyclopedia. "Arienne Lecouvreur". Retrieved 15 March 2013.


  • Forman, Edward. Historical dictionary of French theater. Scarecrow Press, 2010.

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