Dr Wespe

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Dr Wespe ("Dr Wasp") is a German comedy in five acts by Roderich Benedix (1811–1873[1].

The original text

A play on the theme of the emancipated woman, Written in 1841, and first performed in Frankfurt am Main in 1843. Published in Benedix's Gesammelte Dramatische Werke (Vol. II, pp. 152-273) by J.J. Weber, Leipzig, in 1846.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Afrikaans as Dr Wespe by D.G. Conradie in 1913.

Performance history in South Africa

1938: Produced by the Krugersdorp Municipal Dramatic and Operatic Society



William Grange. 2010. Historical Dictionary of German Literature to 1945. Scarecrow Press: p. xxvii[2]

Rinske Van Stipriaan Pritchett. 2005. The Art of Comedy and Social Critique in Nineteenth-century Germany. Peter Lang: p.174[3]


D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.203-205

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