Blind Geladen

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A comedy in one act by August von Kotzebue.

The original text

Based on a story told to the author by a friend, the sketch must have been written and first produced sometime in 1811-1812, though the only published version appears to be one printed in Augsburg ca. 1814 by the publishing house Stage.

Translations and adaptations

According to Allardyce Nicoll (1930, p.470 ) the play was translated and/or adapted into English under two titles, by an unknown author/unknown authors.

How to Die for Love!

Described as "A Farce, in Two Acts ...Adapted from Blind Geladen, a sketch in one act by August von Kotzebue".

This version was first performed at the Lyceum Theatre 21st May 1812, published by C. Chapple, 1812.

The Blank Cartridge

Apparently the same play as How to Die for Love!, (see Nicoll, 1930: p. 470). There are no South African performances of a play by this name on record however.

Performance history in South Africa

1824: Performed in English as How to Die for Love! by the Garrison Players in the African Theatre on the 23rd July, as afterpiece to Catherine and Petruchio (Shakespeare/Garrick) and The Irish Tutor (Glengall).


Facsimile text of Blind Geladen,MDZ Reader[1]

Facsimile text of How to Die for Love!, Google Books[2]

Allardyce Nicoll. 1930. A History of Early Nineteenth Century Drama 1800-1850. Volume 2. Cambridge University Press.

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928: p 187,

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