Der Advokat

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Der Advokat is a play in five acts ("Schauspiel in fünf Aufzügen") by Felix Philippi (1851-1921)[1].

Not to be confused with Die Advokaten (1801) by August Wilhelm Iffland.

The original text

Published in Leipzig by Reclam, ca. 1885.

Performed in Weimar at the Hoftheater, 8 January, 1887.

Translations and adaptations

Probably the basic source for the English melodrama Jim the Penman (1886) by Charles Lawrence Young (1839-1887)[2]. The English play was performed a number of times in South Africa (e.g. 1886, 1900 and 1914) and twice made into a silent film (1915 and 1921).

See Jim the Penman for more details on the English play.

Performance history in South Africa

Performance history in South Africa


The Sydney Morning Herald, Thursday 2 Dec 1886[3]

D.C. Boonzaier, 1923. "My playgoing days – 30 years in the history of the Cape Town stage", in SA Review, 9 March and 24 August 1932. (Reprinted in Bosman 1980: pp. 374-439.)

F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: pp.203-205

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