Hugo Grotius

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Hugo Grotius ("Hugo the great") is a German play in four acts by August Friedrich Ferdinand Von Kotzebue (1761-1819)[1].

The original text

Based on the biography of Hugo Grotius, the renowned Dutch jurist (also known as Huig de Groot, Hugo Grocio or Hugo de Groot), the play was performed in 1803(?) and published by Kummer in Leipzig: 1803 and Wallishausserin Augsburg: 1804.

Translations and adaptations

Translated into Dutch as Hugo de Groot , and published by J. Doll in 1804.

Translated into French by Antoine Jean Dumaniant (pseud. for Antoine Jean Bourlin.) and Henri Joseph Thuring as Hugo Grotius, performed in Paris and published there by Barba in 1804.

Performance history in South Africa

1824: Performed in Dutch as Hugo de Groot by Honi Soit qui Mal y Pense in the African Theatre, Cape Town on 29 June, with De Dronkaart (Kotzebue).


Facsimile version of the German text(Google E-Book)[2]

Facsimile version of the Dutch text (Google E-Book)[3]

Facsimile version of the French text (Google E-Book)[4]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [5]: pp. 279

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