Der Raub der Sabinerinnen
The original text
A play about a penniless theatre company performing a local professor's tragedy called "The Rape of the Sabine Women", in a small provincial town, turning it into a comic farce.
Written in von 1883 and first performed in Stettin, Austria, in 1884. First published in Berlin by Lasser's Buchhandlung, 1885.
Performed in the German original in London at the Great Queen's Street Theatre 11-14 February, 1905.
Adapted into an English comedy in four acts called A Night Off, or a Page from Balzac (or simply A Night Off) by Augustin Daly (1838–1899) and produced at Daly's Theatre, New York on 4 March, 1885. First printed, as manuscript only, for the author, by the press of the Globe Printing Company, Philadelphia, in 1885 and formally published in New York by Fitzgerald Publishing Company, c1897.
Filmed three times in German (1928, 1936 and 1954) and once in Italian (as Il ratto delle Sabine, 1945), and numerous times broadcast in German as a radio drama and on TV.
Performance history in South Africa
J.P. Wearing. 2013. The London Stage 1900-1909: A Calendar of Productions, Performers, and Personnel. (p. 220). Scarecrow Press, Google E-book
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