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Translated by Richard Ramsbotham
Since the 100th anniversary of Rudolf Steiner’s first Mystery Drama in 2010 there has been a wide revival of interest in his Mystery Dramas within the English-speaking world. There have been several productions in America and the UK and new Mystery Dramas have even been written imagining possible continuations of Rudolf Steiner’s dramas.
This volume contains two new translations (from the original German) of the 3rd and 4th Mystery Dramas, which were created for productions in the UK. The Guardian of the Threshold has been translated into blank verse – in which Rudolf Steiner wrote all his Mystery Dramas – and The Souls Awaken into free verse.
Although Rudolf Steiner’s four Mystery Dramas all build on one another, The Guardian of the Threshold and The Souls Awaken, set more than a decade after the events of the first two plays, may also be seen to bring about a new beginning within the dramas.
An introduction by the translator, Richard Ramsbotham, explores some of the riddles of the 3rd and 4th Mystery Dramas, such as their relationship with events within the anthroposophical movement in 1923 and 1924. The introduction also points to the increasing significance of these Mystery Dramas today.
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