Iffland, August Wilhelm

PLAYWRIGHT, ACTOR (GERMANY)
BORN 19 Apr 1759, Hannover, Niedersachsen - DIED 22 Sep 1814, Berlin
GRAVE LOCATION Berlin: Kirchhof Jerusalem und Neue Kirche II, Zossener Strasse (Halleschen Tor), Friedrichshain-Kreuzberg (Südmauer 114, (231-EB-57), Ehrengrab)

August Wilhelm Iffland's father wanted him to be a clergyman, but when he was eighteen years old he ran away from home to Gotha. There he had the good luck to have the famous actor Hans Ekhof as his teacher and he did so well that in 1779 he was engaged at the theatre in Mannheim.

After playing at several other theatres he moved to Berlin in 1796 where he was appointed director of the Nationaltheater. In 1811 he became general director of the Royal Theatre. As an actor he was best in comical parts. Apart from acting he wrote his own plays like "Die Jäger", "Dienstpflicht" and "Die Advokaten".

He often staged works by Shakespeare, Goethe, Schiller and Zacharias Werner. During the French occupation he was very patriotic. The Iffland-Ring is now an important prize that is awarded to German-speaking actors.

Related persons
• knew Devrient, Ludwig

Sources
August Wilhelm Iffland - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Baedeker Berlin, Baedeker Verlag, Stuttgart, 1994

Images

The grave of August Wilhelm Iffland at the Kirchhof Jerusalem und Neue Kirche II, Halleschen Tor, Kreuzberg, Berlin.
Picture by Androom (08 Apr 2003)

 


Ilitsch, Daniza

Published: 16 May 2010
Last update: 18 Dec 2010