The original text
Written in 1889, it was performed at the Königliches Theater Am Gärtnerplatz in 1890, opening on 29 July, directed by Ludwig Skitt with a cast that included Konrad Dreher (as "Gottlieb Hempel").
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Performance history in South Africa
1905: Performed in Dutch as Nerveus by Onze Taal in Pretoria, in the Empress Theatre, probably directed by P.A. Welswijk, the society's regular director. (Ascribed to "C. Moser" and "O. Girndt" by Bosman, 1980: p. 484.)
1906: A play called Een Zenuwachtig Mensch ("a nervous person") and described as a Dutch comedy by Jan P. Heyligers, was performed by the debating society Rust Roest ("rest rusts") assisted some pupils of Eendrachtskool, at the Empress Theatre, Pretoria, under the auspices of the newly resurrected cultural organization Onze Taal, along with Onze Taal's production of Jan Ongeluk (Blumethal and Kadelberg) on the same programme. No refenrence to such a play has yet been found, but it is very likely that it may simply have been a renamed adaptation of the Dutch version (Nerveus).
Thomas Siedhoff (ed.) Königliches Theater Am Gärtnerplatz. Repertoire der Spielzeiten 1873/74 – 1917/18
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