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.
Von Kleist’s original verse is given a modern lick of prose paint by writer Dennis Kelly and director Jonathan Munby. The title role is tackled by Charlie Cox, whose Prince is counterpointed by Ian McDiarmid’s villainous Elector of Brandenburg. The production opened at the Donmar Warehouse on 22 July 2010 and will run until 4 September.
Did this Prince divide or conquer the critics?
- Lydia Onyett
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