Jeppe på Bjerget

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Jeppe på Bjerget (also Jeppe på bjerget eller den forvandlede Bonde or Jeppe paa Bierget eller den forvandlede Bonde, 1722, i.e. "Jeppe of the Hill, or The Transformed Peasant") is a Danish comedy in five acts by Ludvic Holberg (1684-1784)[1]

The original text

First performed in the Lille Grønnegade Theatre in Copenhagen and also published in Danish in 1722.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into English as Jeppe of the Hill (or Jeppe of the Hill, or The Transformed Peasant) in 1914.

Translated into German by Daniel Wilhelm Triller (1695–1782) and published in Dutch by Steven van Estveldt as De Herschapen Boer ("The transformed farmer") (still attributed to Triller) in Vyf Aardige aardige en vermakelyke blijspelen by "Lodewyk Holberg" in Amsterdam, 1767. In the Dutch version, the main character's name changes from "Jeppe" to "Barthel".

Performance history in South Africa

1869: Performed in Dutch as Barthel, of De Herschapen Boer in the Oddfellows Hall, Cape Town, by Door Yver Bloeit de Kunst on 1 July, with Roland de Monglave, of De Zegepraal der Onschuld (Tréogate). The evening under the patronage of President Brand of the Republic of the Orange Free State.


Facsimile version of the 1767 Dutch text, Google E-book[2]

Article on "Denmark" in Don Rubin, Peter Nagy, Philippe Rouyer (eds). 2001. The World Encyclopedia of Contemporary Theatre: Europe[3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 445

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