Karl August Devrient

Karl August Devrient (5 April 1797 – 3 August 1872) was a German stage actor best known for performances of Schiller and Shakespeare.[1] He was related to other notable German actors, including:

Karl August Devrient, c. 1825

There is a collection relating to his life at the Österreichisches Theatermuseum.[2]


Devrient was born in Berlin. Prior to his acting life, he was a cavalry officer[3] and fought with the Hussars against Napoleon at Waterloo.[4] He died in Bad Lauterberg.

Devrient had his acting debut in 1819 in Braunschweig In 1821 he received an engagement at the court theatre in Dresden, where, in 1823, he married Wilhelmine. In 1835 he joined the company at Karlsruhe, and in 1839 that at Hanover.[5] His best-known roles were Wallenstein, Goethe's Faust, and King Lear.


  1. ^ Encyclopædia Britannica 2010. vol. 4, p. 50
  2. ^ International Association of Libraries and Museums of the Performing Arts
  3. ^ Grange, William (2006). Historical Dictionary of German Theater. Scarecrow Press. ISBN 9780810864894.
  4. ^ The American Cyclopaedia at Google Books
  5. ^   One or more of the preceding sentences incorporates text from a publication now in the public domainChisholm, Hugh, ed. (1911). "Devrient s.v. Karl August Devrient". Encyclopædia Britannica. 8 (11th ed.). Cambridge University Press. p. 135.

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