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Vorstenschool ("school for kings") is a play in five acts by Multatuli (pseudonym of Eduard Douwes Dekker, 1820-1887)[1]

A play about the intrigues and power struggles in a royal court, the play was originally published as a text by G. L. Funke in 1872, but was rather controversial in its theme, so it took three years for a company to undertake a production. The play was ultimately first performed on 1 March, 1875 in Utrecht by the Nieuwe Rotterdamsche Schouwburg-Vereeniging. It became a great success, apparently performed regularly till well after the World War II, and is considered an icon of Dutch dramatic art.

The original text

Translations and adaptations

Performance history in South Africa




F.C.L. Bosman. 1980. Drama en Toneel in Suid-Afrika, Deel II, 1856-1912. Pretoria: J.L. van Schaik: p.485

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