De Boodschapper, of Loevestein in 1570

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De Boodschapper, of Loevestein in 1570 ("The messenger, or Loevestein in 1570") is a historical drama in 5 acts by Hendrik Kroon (1841-?)[1].

Wrongly given as De Boodschapper op Loevestein ("The messenger at Loevestein in 1570") in some instances (as cited by F.C.L. Bosman, 1980)

The original text

The play was inspired by the novel Het Slot Loevestein in 1570 ("the lock Loevenstein 1570") by J. van den Hage (pseud. of Jan Frederik Oltmans, 1806-1854)[2], published in 1839. Kroon wrote the text for the use of the Rederijkers, and it first performed in Hoorn by the Rederijkerskamer West-Frisia on 10 and 11 December, 1867. The text was published in Hoorn by Persijn, 1868.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1871: Performed as De Boodschapper op Loevestein by Aurora II in the hall of the Germania Hall, Cape Town on 14 September, with Knopen in de Zakdoek (Anon.) as an afterpiece.

1871: Performed as De Boodschapper op Loevestein by Aurora II in the hall of the Germania Hall, Cape Town on 23 September, with Twee Oude Gekken in de Klem (T. van der Stempel) as an afterpiece.

1881: Performed as De Boodschapper of Loevestein in 1670 by Aurora II in the hall of the Athenaeum Hall, Cape Town on 25 August, with Hans de Kruier (Anon.) as an afterpiece.

Sources

Facsimile version of the original Dutch text of 1868, Google E-book[3]

Ingmar Koch. 2013. Het ochtendgloren boven Kaapstad. Nederlandse rederijkers in Kaapstad. Bijlage 2: Toneelstukken (of -fragmenten) door Aurora opgevoerd[4]

Willemina van der Meer. 1996. Biographical Index of the Benelux Countries, Pub: Walter de Gruyter. Google E-book[5]

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp. 466, 473.

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