Tuesday, 16 May 2017

Hinkemann (1923) written by Ernst Toller and produced in Dresden under the direction of Wicke? in 1924

A scene from Hinkemann (1923) written by the German playwright Ernst Toller (1893 - 1939) and produced in Dresden under the direction of Wicke? in 1924




"On January 17, 1924 a production of Hinkemann opened in Dresden, Germany. This date marked a turning point for the critical acceptance of this play. The play was suddenly considered to be a political statement against the current government.  Rioters disrupted the play's performance    The Dresden reviews concentrated primarily upon the disturbance and barely focused on the play itself.  However, this event called the “Dresden Scandal” changed the favorable reception of the play in Germany, but it did not stop additional productions. Cecil Davies mentions in his book The Plays of Ernst Toller (1996) that there were eleven German productions of Hinkemann in the year 1924."

"Die Tragödie erschien 1923 unter dem Titel Der deutsche Hinkemann. Die Uraufführung des Heimkehrerstücks erfolgte am 19. September 1923 am Alten Theater Leipzig unter der Regie von Alwin Kronacher. Die Aufführungen in Berlin und Wien im darauf folgenden Jahr fanden unter Polizeischutz statt, da zuvor jene in Dresden im Januar 1924 von Nationalsozialisten gestört worden waren."

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