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Henry IV

Luigi Pirandello
Translated by Tom Stoppard

Henry IV is Tom Stoppard’s English version of Luigi Pirandello’s Enrico IV, an inspired and very contemporary mix of comedy and tragedy.

Format
Paperback
ISBN
9780571225071
Date Published
06.05.2004
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Summary

An Italian nobleman falls from his horse during a pageant. When he comes round, he believes he’s the medieval German emperor, King Henry IV. For twenty years he lives this illusion but today a plot is being hatched to shock him out of this ‘madness’ and into the twenty-first century.

Pirandello’s Henry IV, in Tom Stoppard’s new version, premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in May 2004.

LuigiPirandello

Luigi Pirandello (1867-1936). Italian dramatist and novelist, known for his symbolical and psychological dramas and satires. His influence is particularly powerful on the Theatre of the Absurd. His plays include Right You Are – If You Think So, Six Characters in Search of an Author (1921), Henry IV (1922), Each in His Own Way (1924), Lazarus (1929), Tonight We Improvise…

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