Gustav Kadelburg

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Franz von Schönthan [de] and Gustav Kadelburg, 1889

Gustav Kadelburg (26 January 1851 in Pest – 11 September 1925 in Berlin) was a Hungarian-German Jewish actor, dramatist, writer.

He made his first appearance at Leipzig in 1869, and two years later played at the Wallnertheater in Berlin. He was very successful in comedy parts, but abandoned the stage to write comedies and farces.

In 1908 The Manchester Guardian reviewed Der Weg zur Holle ("The Road to Hell"), his farce over three acts, then playing at the Midland Theatre. While chiding the lack of originality, the reviewer praised the pace - neither too quick to exhaust nor too slow to see the chinks.[1]

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His best-known plays (some written in conjunction with Franz von Schönthan [de] and Oscar Blumenthal) are:

  • Migräne (with Heinrich Wilken [de], 1876)
  • Voltaire wird verbrannt (1876, German adaption of Brûlons Voltaire ! [fr] by Eugène Marin Labiche and Louis Leroy)
  • Der wilde Baron (1880)
  • Goldfische (with Franz von Schönthan, 1886) (produced in English by Augustin Daly as The Railroad of Love)
  • Die berühmte Frau (with Franz von Schönthan, 1888) (produced in English by Augustin Daly as The Great Unknown)
  • Die Großstadtluft [de] (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1891) (produced in English by Augustin Daly as A Test Case: Or, Grass Versus Granite; modern title: A Marriage Contract)
  • Die Orientreise (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1892) (produced in English by Augustin Daly as The Orient Express, translated by F. C. Burnand)
  • Zwei glückliche Tage (with Franz von Schönthan, 1892)
  • In Zivil (1892)
  • Mauerblümchen (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1893)
  • Der Herr Senator (with Franz von Schönthan, 1894)
  • Zwei Wappen (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1894) (adapted in English in the USA as The Two Escutcheons by Sydney Rosenfeld)
  • Zum wohltätigen Zweck (with Franz von Schönthan, 1895)
  • Hans Huckebein (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1897) (English adaption: Number 9 – The Lady of Ostend, by F. C. Burnand)
  • The White Horse Inn (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1898) (First English adaption: At the White Horse Tavern, by Sydney Rosenfeld)
  • Auf der Sonnenseite (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1898)
  • Als ich wiederkam (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1899, sequel to The White Horse Inn) (English adaption: Twelve Months Later)
  • Das Bärenfell (1899)
  • Die strengen Herren (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1900)
  • Das schwache Geschlecht (1900)
  • Das Pulverfass (1900)
  • Der neue Vormund (1901)
  • Das Theaterdorf (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1902)
  • Der blinde Passagier (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1902)
  • Familie Schierke (1902, later version Familie Schimek, 1915)
  • Der Familientag (1904)
  • Der Weg zur Hölle (1905) (produced in English by William Collier as The Girl He Couldn't Leave Behind Him)
  • Husarenfieber (with Richard Skowronnek [de], 1906)
  • Der letzte Funke (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1906)
  • Die Tür ins Freie (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1908) (English adaption: Is Matrimony a Failure?, 1909, by Leo Ditrichstein)
  • Der dunkle Punkt (with Rudolf Presber [de], 1909)
  • Alt-Wien [de] (with Julius Wilhelm [de] and Michail Alexandrowitsch Weikone [de], 1911, operetta with music by Joseph Lanner)
  • So bummeln wir (1912, musical comedy by Jean Gilbert)
  • Im grünen Rock (with Richard Skowronnek, 1913)
  • Die Schöne vom Strand (with Oscar Blumenthal, 1915, musical version of Hans Huckebein, music by Victor Hollaender [de])
  • Der Reisebegleiter (1917)



  1. ^ The Manchester Guardian, THE MIDLAND THEATRE: DER WEG ZUR HOLLE 16 May 1908
  •  This article incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainIsidore Singer & Edgar Mels (1901–1906). "Gustav Kadelburg". In Singer, Isidore; et al. Jewish Encyclopedia. New York: Funk & Wagnalls Company.

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