Der Mann von Vierzig Jahren

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Le Rendez-vous, ou l'Amour Supposé (lit "The assignation, or the imagined love") is a one act French comedy in verse by Barthélemy-Christophe Fagan, (also known as "Fagan de Lugny", 1702-1755) man of forty years", or "The forty year old man")

A German one-act Comedy by August von Kotzebue, freely adapted from Le Rendez-vous, ou l'Amour Supposé,

The original text

Le Rendez-vous, ou l'Amour Supposé was first performed in Paris, Théâtre-Français, 27 May 1733.

Translations and adaptations

Freely adapted into German by August von Kotzebue as Der Mann von Vierzig Jahren, it was first performed in the Königlichen Schaulspielhaus , Berlin in 1794 and published in Leipzig by Paul Gotthelf Kummer, 1795.

The Kotzebue version was in turn translated into Dutch as De Man van Veertig Jaren by an unknown author.

Performance history in South Africa

1849: The Dutch version performed in Cape Town by Door Yver Bloeit de Kunst on 19 June as an afterpiece to Charlotte Blandford, of De Wedergevonden Vader (Anon/Engelman)


Catalogue of the works of August von Kotzebue: Münchener Digitalisierungszentrum (MDZ), Bayerischen Staatsbibliothek (BSB)[1]

Gesa Dane. 1994. Die heilsame Toilette: Kosmetik und Bildung in Goethes 'Der Mann von fünfzig Jahren'[2]

Facsimile version of the 1795 German play, HathiTrust Digital Collection[3]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928: pp. 455,

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