The Brothers

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Two play originally written in English with this name have been produced in South Africa, in addition to the Dutch and German plays performed in the original or in translation (De Gebroeders, De Broeders, etc.) and South African plays written in English, Afrikaans and other South African languages. (See for example the South African plays entitled Broers and Brothers)

The Brothers by Edward Young (1753)

The Play

A Gothic style tragedy in verse about the feud between Perseus and Demetrius. Written and performed in 1752-3.

Translations and adaptations

Possibly translated into Dutch as De Gebroeders, according to F.C.L. Bosman (1928)

Productions in South Africa

1818: According to F.C.L. Bosman (1928), this play may have been performed in Dutch under the title De Gebroeders by Tot Nut en Vermaak, Cape Town, on 15 August, 1818.


The Oxford Handbook of the Georgian Theatre 1737-1832, as edited by Julia Swindells, David Francis Taylor[1]

F.C.L. Bosman, 1928: pp.133.

The Brothers by Richard Cumberland (1769)

The Play

A comedy set partly in Cornwall, about a villain and his virtuous young brother. The play, completed in 1769, was Cumberland's breakthrough work.

Productions in South Africa

1807: Produced in Cape Town on 10 October by the Garrison Players, followed by High Life Below Stairs (Townley). A prologue was written and spoken by Captain Collins, and an epilogue by Captain Frazer. The cast, mentioned in the Prologue, included Captain Frazer, Captain Collins, Captain Napier, Mr Morgan, Mr Strawbenzee, Mr Loftus, Mr O'Flaherty, Mr Longley, Mr Gleadow, Mr Hamilton, Mr Wilson and Mr Stock.

1818: It is possible that this might have been the play performed in Dutch under the title De Gebroeders by Tot Nut en Vermaak, Cape Town, on 15 August, 1818.


F.C.L. Bosman, 1928: pp.73-4, 133, .

The Brothers by August von Kotzebue (1797)

This is the title sometimes used for the English translation of Bruderzwist, oder, Die Versöhnung("Brotherly strife, or The reconciliation").

See Bruderzwist, oder, Die Versöhnung

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