Der Störenfried

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Der Störenfried is a German play in four acts by Roderich Benedix (1811–1873)[1]

The original text

A comedy about a man whose mother in law is a battle-axe.

Published in Berlin by L. Kolbe, 1861 and by J.J. Weber, 1890

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as De Rustverstoorster by O.V. Ruysmans and produced by Albregt & Van Ollefen in the Rotterdamsche Schouwburg, opening on 17 December 1869 and going on to play consecutively in the seasons 1869/1870 and 1870/1871, 1872/1873, 1873/1874 and finally 1875/1876.

Later the same piece was also performed by the Koninklijke Vereeniging Het Nederlandsch Tooneel, but now with the title De Stokebrand ("The firebrand"). The première of this version was on 3 July, 1877, in the Plantage Schouwburg, Amsterdam, and it was played as part of the seasons 1876/1877 and 1877/1878.

Made into a 1933 German short movie by Universum Film (UFA) under the original title, released in English as The Troublemaker.

Performance history in South Africa

1907: Performed in Dutch (as De Stokebrand) in the Empress Theatre, Pretoria, by the Rederijkerskamer by Onze Taal, Pretoria, probably directed by P.A. Welswijk.


De Rustverstoorster, TheaterEncyclopedie[2]

De Stokebrand, TheaterEncyclopedie [3]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.484

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