Gisbert von Vincke

* 06.09.1813 in Castrop-Rauxel; ✝ 05.02.1892 in Freiburg/ Breisgau

Jurist, Theatrical Advisor, Writer, Translator



Von Vincke began as a senior civil servant in Potsdam and Münster (Westphalia). Once he had taken early retirement in 1860 he lived in Frankfurt-am-Main and after 1868 in Freiburg-im-Breisgau as an independent man-of-letters. Short stories, novellas, poems, comedies, essays and translations flowed from his pen.

Shakespeare was a particular concern of Vincke’s.  His imaginative theatre-adaptations of sometimes lesser-known pieces greatly increased their popularity in the theatre, such as Ein Sommernachtstraum (1851), Ende gut, Alles gut (1871), Maß für Maß (1871), Cymbeline (1873), Antonius und Kleopatra (1876) and Viel Lärm um Nichts (1876). He also composed, along with other dramatic works, studies on historical (Garrick) and contemporary theatre-productions. These were mostly written for the Shakespeare-Jahrbuch and collected posthumously in Gesammelte Aufsätze zur Bühnengeschichte, ed. B. Litzmann (1893). Von Vincke was a member of the governing board and sometimes President of the Shakespeare Society.




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Vincke, Gisbert von, in: The Digital Shakespeare Memorial Album. Edited by Christa Jansohn. URI: (Accessed on 13.06.2024)

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