Het Dorpspleidooi

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Het Dorpspleidooi ("The town's plea" or "a plea for a town") is a Dutch vaudeville (or "blijspel met zang") by C.A. van Ray (1780-1842)[1].

The original text

The play is often referred to by this title, the original of Het Oost-Vriesch Dorps-pleidooi, of De Herbergier Burgemeester ("the East-Frisian town's plea, or the hostelry-keeper mayor") being far more cumbersome. The play was published in 's Gravenhage by Denzelsden, 1834.

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa

1892: Performed as Het Dorpspleidooi by amateurs drawn from the societies Aurora and De Eendracht in the Theatre Royal, Cape Town, on 5 July, with De Jodin (Scribe/Hempel).


Facsimile version of Naamlijst van uitgekomen boeken, kaarten, prentwerken, enz.: 1834/38, Amsterdam: C.L. Schleier: p.5[2]

Gerd Aage Gillhoff. 1938. The Royal Dutch Theatre at the Hague 1804–1876. Springer[3]


F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p. 451

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