The original text
The play is based on the story of a historical murderer. It was first performed in the Schauspielhaus Bremen by the Bremer Ensemble in 1971, and published in 1972. Also filmed for TV as Bremer Freiheit in 1972, with a script by Fassbinder and directed by Siegbert Kohl.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into English as Bremen Coffee by Anthony Vivis and published by Methuen, 1977.
Performance history in South Africa
1985: Presented in English by CAPAB in a double bill with The Woods (Mamet) at the Nico Arena in May. Directed by Sean Taylor, design by Dicky Longhurst, music by David Nissen and lighting by Pieter de Swardt. The cast: Antoinette Kellermann, Gary Carter, Russel Savadier, Dawid Minnaar, Francois Viljoen, Marthinus Basson, Victoria Bawcombe, Libby Daniels.
Bremen Coffee Theatre programme, 1985.
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