The Prince of Homburg

The Prince of Homburg

by Heinrich von Kleist, Neil Bartlett
     
 

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Tell me, please - is this a dream?'

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 the morning comes, a single reckless act of disobediance sets in motion a chain of events that leads inexorable

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Tell me, please - is this a dream?'

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 the morning comes, a single reckless act of disobediance sets in motion a chain of events that leads inexorable to the one thing he never dreamt would happen; his own death.

Heinrich von Kleist is one of the most enigmatic figures in theatre history. Driven to suicide at the age of 34, he left behind him seven extraordinary plays. Unperformed during his own lifetime, The Prince of Homburg is now regarded as von Kleist's masterpiece and is one of the most mysterious and beautiful plays of the nineteenth century.

Neil Bartlett's production opened at the RSC Stratford in January 2002, and transferred to the Lyric Theatre.

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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:
9781849439619
Publisher:
OBERON BOOKS Ltd
Publication date:
01/28/2002
Sold by:
Barnes & Noble
Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
112
File size:
2 MB

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Director Neil Bartlett’s translations include plays by Molière, Racine, Marivaux, Labiche and von Kleist. Adaptations include A Christmas Carol, Oliver Twist, Great Expectations and Camille. Oberon Books also publishes Solo Voices and Queer Voices, two collections of his monologues, and his plays In Extremis and Or You Could Kiss Me, both of which were first staged at the National Theatre.

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