George II, (born April 2, 1826, Meiningen, Saxe-Meiningen [now in Germany]—died June 25, 1914, Bad Wildungen, Waldeck), duke of Saxe-Meiningen, theatrical director and designer who developed many of the basic principles of modern acting and stage design.
Established in 1681, by partition of the Ernestine duchy of Saxe-Gotha among the seven sons of deceased Duke Ernst der Fromme (Ernest the Pious), the Saxe-Meiningen line of the House of Wettin lasted until the end of the German monarchies in 1918.
Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen (2 April 1826 – 25 June 1914), was the penultimate Duke of Saxe-Meiningen, reigning from 1866 to 1914. For his support for his successful court theatre he was also known as the Theaterherzog (theatre duke).
George II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen was born April 2, 1826 into the aristocracy of Saxe-Meiningen. In his direction and production, George II focused heavily on making every aspect of the production a true imitation of life itself. With historically accurate costumes, sets, and props, he emphasized realism.
Meiningen Company, German Meininger Hoftheatertruppe (“Meiningen Court Theatre Troupe”), experimental acting group begun in 1866 and directed by George II, duke of Saxe-Meiningen, and his morganatic wife, the actress Ellen Franz.
Arguably, George II, duke of Saxe-Meiningen’s largest contribution to the theatre is the influence that he had on other theatre artists, namely Realists Konstantin Stanislavski and Andre Antoine. Images:
As German principalities go, Saxe-Meiningen is pretty small, and mostly unknown to non-specialists in this historical period or region. But, as is often the case, the name does ring a bell with those interested in British royal history, as one of its daughters, Princess Adelaide, became a queen-consort of the United Kingdom, as wife of William ...
Lutheranism. Karl Friedrich, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen ( Meiningen, 18 July 1712 – Meiningen, 28 March 1743), was a duke of Saxe-Meiningen. He was the fourth but third surviving son of Ernst Ludwig I, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen and his first wife, Dorothea Marie of Saxe-Gotha-Altenburg . Karl Friedrich inherited the duchy of Saxe-Meiningen when his ...
Georg II, Duke of Saxe-Meiningen. primary name: primary name: Georg II. other name: other name: (Duke of) Saxe-Meiningen.
Konrad, Prince of Saxe-Meiningen, Duke of Saxony (Given names: Full name: Johann Friedrich Konrad Carl Eduard Horst Arnold Matthias Prinz von Sachsen-Meiningen Herzog zu Sachsen; born 14 April 1952) is a German businessman and the current head of the Ducal House of Saxe-Meiningen.