List van Vrouwen

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List van Vrouwen ("wiles of women") is a Dutch comedy by an anonymous author.

The original text

No specific play by this particular name has so far been found, but according to a list of Dutch plays provided by Petit (1887), there are a number of similarly titled texts in Dutch, all apparently derived from German originals, including:

Vrouwelist, of De Losbol van Veertig Jaren, ("Women's wiles, or the playboy of forty years") a one act play with music, freely translated from a play by J.C. Honig, the Dutch version published by K van der Meulen, Zaandam, in 1815.

Vrouwelist Koomt Alles te Boven ("Women's wiles overcome everything) a three-act comedy by H. Hoogd, based on the German, published in Utrecht in 1793

De Gelukte Vrouwelist, of De Bedroge Minnaar, ("The fortunate women's wiles, or the cheated lover") a farce by Jan van Dinteren, published by Willem Barentsz, Amsterdam, in 1722.

It was most probably one of these texts that was performed in Cape Town in 1911 under the title List van Vrouwen.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1911: The play List van Vrouwen performed by Aurora III in the ANV Saal, Cape Town, on 5 December as part of the St Nicholas festivities.


Louis B. Petit. 1887. Catalogus Der Bibliotheek Van de Maatschappij Der Nederlandsche Letterkunde Te Leiden., Part 2:Brill Archive[1]

Facsimile version of the text of Vrouwen-list, of De Losbol van Veertig Jaren, Google E-book[2]

Facsimile version of the text of Vrouwenlist Koomt Alles te Boven, Google E-book[3]

Joris Baers (1888-1975): Algemeene Tooneelbibliotheek Een[4]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 478

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