The original text
The story of an opera singer, Magda, who falls pregnant by one of her lovers and returns to her conservative home in rural Germany, followed by a young lover, Von Keller. Published in 1893.
It was a popular play in the period and international productions featured some of the best known actresses of the time, including Helena Modjeska, Sarah Bernhardt, Eleonora Duse and Mrs Patrick Campbell.
Translations and adaptations
Translated into English by C.E.A. Winslow as Magda in 1896.
Translated and adapted into English by Louis. N. Parker (1852–1944) as Magda in 1894, first performed in the Miner's Fifth Avenue Theatre, New York, on 29 January, 1894, and at the Lyceum Theatre, London, on 3 June, 1896.
Performance history in South Africa
1901: Performed in English as Magda (the Parker version), as part of the repertoire of a touring company under the Wheeler Brothers's management, featuring Nance O'Neill and McKee Rankin in the leads. In Cape Town the company played at the Good Hope Theatre in September.
1925: Huistoe was first produced by Paul de Groot with his first semi-professional company. Opened at the Pretoria City Hall for three days on 9 July. Featuring Paul de Groot, Stephanie Fauré as Magda, Anna Aucamp, Marguerite de Vos, Matt Laubscher, Danie Smal, Henri Cilliers, Wena Naudé. Repeated in July and in September played a week in the Standard Theatre, Johannesburg, in conjunction with African Theatres. 1926: The amalgamated Paul de Groot Geselskap (“Company”), took the play in a successful tour between July and December , with Hendrik Hanekom, Mathilde Hanekom, Anna Marais, Wena Naudé, Maxie Botha, Simon Malherbe, André Huguenet and Paul de Groot in the cast.
1929 By this time the play had seen 132 performances under De Groot's direction.
Ludwig Wilhelm Berthold Binge. 1969. Ontwikkeling van die Afrikaanse toneel (1832-1950). Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik.
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