Das Zugemauerte Fenster

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Das Zugemauerte Fenster ("the bricked up window") is a German comedy in one act by August von Kotzebue (1761 – 1819)[1].

The original text

The original one act comedy Das Zugemauerte Fenster (called a "Lustspiel in einem Akt") was published in Leipzig in 1811.

Translations and adaptations

In 1811 a comic opera, based on the Kotzebue original, was performed at the Hoftheater, Vienna and published there by Wallishauser.

Translated into Dutch from the High German as Het Toegemetselde Venster ("the bricked up window", a one-act comedy) by Jan Steven Van Esveldt Holtrop and published in 1812 by Van Esveldt Holtrop, Amsterdam.

Performance history in South Africa

1826: Performed in Cape Town in Dutch as Het Toegemetselde Venster by Honi Soit qui Mal y Pense on 30 April, along with the three-act comedy De Twee Grenadiers, of Het Misverstand by Joseph Patrat. (Translated from the French by Hendrik Kup).


TheDutch text, Google Books[2]


Facsimile original text of the 1811 comic opera, Google Books[3]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [4]: pp.298

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