Zwarte Piet

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Zwarte Piet ("Black Peter") is a Dutch version of an unknown German one act play ascribed to "E.S.".

The original text

The title is a clear reference to the character of "Zwarte Piet", the supposed companion of Saint Nicholas in the folklore of the Low Countries[1]. However, according to F.C.L. Bosman (1980) it is not an original Dutch play, but was based on an unknown German original, possibly translated or adapted by an author only known as "E.S.". Could this perhaps have been the librettist Emanuel Schikaneder (1751-1812)?

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1910: Performed in Dutch as Zwarte Piet by Aurora III in the ANV Saal, Cape Town, on 7 June.


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 477

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