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 twice performed in South Africa (1888 and 1900) 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

1886: Performed as Jim the Penman in the Theatre Royal, Burg Street, Cape Town by Madame Pearmain's company, featuring Adolphus Ellis as "Baron Hartfeld" and Emily Levettez as "the wife".

1900: Performed by Herbert Flemming and his company, probably featuring Lionel B. Stent, as part of an extended season in the Opera House, Cape Town.

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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