The play, written by Heinrich von Kleist in 1809, takes place in 17th-century Prussia rather than 18th-century France and follows the idealistic Prince of Homburg as he is sentenced to death for disobeying military orders, despite returning victorious from the battlefields of Fehrbellin.
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Von Kleist’s original verse is given a modern lick of prose paint by writer Dennis Kelly and director Jonathan Munby. Charlie Cox's Prince is counterpointed by Ian McDiarmid’s villainous Elector of Brandenburg. The cast also includes: Sonya Cassidy (Natalia, Princess of Orania), Julian Wadham (Marshall Dorfling), Siobhan Redmond (The Electress) and David Burke (Colonel Cotwitz). The production will run at the Donmar Warehouse until 4 September.