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Ransdorp is a Dutch tragedy in three acts by A. van de Wart (1767-1824)[1]

Also credited: D.A. van de Wart or Derk Anthony van de Wart

The original text

A melodrama about a Dutch-born man called Ransdorp, who had lost his wife in childbirth sent his daughter to the Netherlands with a kind friend, while he worked in Paris. After the death of the friend he heard no more of his daughter. Back in the Netherlands he he searches for her in vain, but meets a beautiful young woman, whom he desires to marry - but it turns out to be his daughter.

Originally published in 1800 in Amsteldam by P.J. Uylenbroek.

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Performance history in South Africa

1822: Performed in The African Theatre, Cape Town on 19 October by Tot Nut en Vermaak, with De Vreesachtige uit Vooroordeel, Wegens syne Geboorte op Zondag (Hafner/De Greuve).




J. A. Worp. 1972. Geschiedenis van het Drama en van het Tooneel in Nederland (Tweede Deel). Rotterdam: Langerveld [2]:pp. 174.

F.C.L. Bosman. 1928. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel I: 1652-1855. Pretoria: J.H. de Bussy. [3]: pp.233-4,

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