Hans Huckebein, der Unglücksrabe
Hans Huckebein, der Unglücksrabe (literally "Hans Huckebein, the Bad Luck Raven" - a German idiomatic saying for an "unlucky or accident prone person") is a German farce ("schwank") in three acts by Oscar Blumenthal (1852-1917) and Gustav Kadelburg (1851–1925)
Also found as Die Dame aus Ostende
Not to be confused with "Hans Huckebein (der Unglücksrabe)" (1867), a famous illustrated children's story in verse by Wilhelm Busch (1832-1908) about a troublesome and luckless raven. However, Busch's work probably suggested the German title for the play.
The original text
First performed in the Staatstheater Stuttgart in 1897 and on 15 May, 1898 in the Hoftheater, Weimar.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into English as Number 9, or The Lady of Ostend by F.C. Burnand. Performed inter alia at Daly's Theatre, New York in December 1897, in London at Terry's Theatre in 1899 and in Australia by Lawrence Brough and company in the same year.
Performance history in South Africa
1906 Performed in Dutch as Jan Ongeluk newly resurrected cultural organization Onze Taal, along with a performance of Een Zenuwachtig Mensch (Heyligers) by the debating society Rust Roest ("rest rusts") assisted some pupils of Eendrachtskool, at the Empress Theatre, Pretoria.
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