Der Prozess

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Der Prozess ("The Trial") is a novel written by German-language writer Franz Kafka (1883-1924) [1]. Kafka wrote the novel from 1914 to 1915 and it was first published in 1925. The novel has been adapted for the stage in various languages.


One of Kafka's best-known works, The Trial tells the story of a man arrested and prosecuted by a remote, inaccessible authority, with the nature of his crime revealed neither to him nor to the reader. (Wikipedia [2])

Translations and adaptations

The novel has been translated into many languages and has been adapted for the radio, stage and film many times.

Performance history in South Africa

1960: Opening on 22 August, The Trial, an adaptation in English, was staged at the Little Theatre in Cape Town, directed by Fred Engelen, with Ickey Kurgan (Joseph K.), Ronald Barnett (Franz), Hildegard Zimmermann (Fräulein Bürstner) and others. Sets by Bill Smuts and costumes by Mavis Taylor.

19**: Kafka: The Trial, an adaptation by Ken Leach from the original Kafka novel and the 1947 French play by Jean-Louis Barrault [3] and Andre Gide [4] translated by Joseph and Leon Katz [5] was staged by the Arena Theatre Company, directed by Leach, with Norman Coombes as Joseph K. The rest of the cast: Denis Bettesworth, Jud Cornell, Frantz Dobrowsky, David Eppel, Janice Honeyman, Michael Irwin, Danny Keogh, Sue Kiel, Lynette Marais and Lindsay Reardon.


Wikipedia [6]

Little Theatre programme, August 1960.

Arena Theatre Company programme (undated).

Petru & Carel Trichardt theatre programme collection.

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