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The original text
The play originally appeared anonymously, under the name “A Patriot”, when it was first performed at Wyndham’s Theatre, London, on 27 January 1909, produced by Gerald du Maurier. The work caused a sensation with its theme of an invasion by an anonymous country and England's unpreparedness for such an event. The piece became a long-running success, though it caused an outrage in Germany since the German press saw it as a critique of their homeland.
The text was published by Harper and Brothers, London in 1909, now crediting Major Guy du Maurier.
Translations and adaptations
In 1914, the play was made into a silent film directed by Ernest Batley and in 1939 became the basis for a propaganda film directed by Albert de Courville , known by the original title as well as Mad Men of Europe and was released in the UK by United Artists in 27 January 1940 and in the USA by Columbia Pictures in 26 June 1940.
Performance history in South Africa
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