Die Sonnenjungfrau

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Die Sonnenjungfrau ("the sun maiden"), is a German play in five acts by August von Kotzebue (1761-1819)[1].

The original text

First produced and published in German in 1791.

Translations and adaptations

Kotzebue wrote his highly popular drama Die Spanier in Peru oder Rollas Tod (1796) as a sequel to this play.

Translated and adapted into Dutch as De Zonnemaagd ("the sun maiden"), a play in five acts, in 1792, by an unnamed translator. The Dutch text published in Ghent by Smit, 1796.

Performance history in South Africa

1869: Produced in Dutch as De Zonnemaagd in the Hofsaal, Malmesbury, on 5 August, with De Korporaal en Het Dienstmeisje (Anon.).


Facsimile version of the 1796 Dutch translation, Google E-book[2]

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.445-6

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