Der Nachtwächter

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Der Nachtwächter ("The Night Watchman") is a German comedy in one act play by Carl Theodor Körner (1791 – 1813)[1].

The original text

First produced in the Vienna Burgtheater in 1812, also published that year.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as De Nachtwacht ("The Night Watchman") by a number of authors, including (possibly) by Joseph Suasso de Lima (1825, unpublished); by Salomon Deventer (published in 1844) and by G. de Vos (published in 1852).

Performance history in South Africa

1825: Performed in Dutch as De Nachtwacht (and billed a two-act comedy) in Cape Town by the children's company Tot Oefening en Smaak on 10 September, probably translated/adapted from the German and directed by Joseph Suasso de Lima. With Het Dal van Almeria (Von Kotzebue) and De Verjaring (Anon.).

1876: Performed in Dutch as De Nachtwacht by the rederijkerskamer De Eendracht in the Athenaeum Hall, Cape Town, on 28 June, with Roland de Monglave, of De Zegepraal der Onschuld (Loaisel-Tréogate/Engelman).


F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [2]: p. 269

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 448-451.

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