The Prince of Homburg

The Prince of Homburg

by Heinrich von Kleist
     
 

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The night before he leads his troops into battle, the prince of Homburg strips off his uniform and goes sleepwalking. Moonstruck, his mind races with a young man's fantasies—love, ambition, and victory. But when morning comes, a single reckless act of disobedience sets in motion a chain of events that leads inexorably to the one thing he never dreamt would

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The night before he leads his troops into battle, the prince of Homburg strips off his uniform and goes sleepwalking. Moonstruck, his mind races with a young man's fantasies—love, ambition, and victory. But when morning comes, a single reckless act of disobedience sets in motion a chain of events that leads inexorably to the one thing he never dreamt would happen: his own death.

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The Prince of Homburg is as satisfyingly chewy as the most teeth-wrecking kind of German sausage. Dennis Kelly’s lucid, often beautifully lyrical new version betrays the original by altering the ending. Realpolitik rather than philosophy wins out. Fine by me: Kelly’s subversive stroke subtly connects the emergence of the modern German state with the terrifying absolutism of the Nazis, without jeopardizing the drama’s other concerns. 3 stars”—Dominic Cavendish, The Telegraph

"an intriguingly mercurial drama”—Kate Bassett, Independent on Sunday
“…fine new version”—Maxie Szalwinska, Sunday Times

“a startlingly prophetic play about the equivocal nature of reality. 3 stars”—Michael Billington, The Guardian

“a cerebral serving of early-19th-century German drama”—Henry Hitchings, Evening Standard

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781849430999
Publisher:
Theatre Communications Group
Publication date:
05/17/2011
Pages:
96
Product dimensions:
5.10(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.30(d)

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