Drawing: Charlie Cox and Ian McDiarmid in The Prince of Homburg

prince of homburg

The Prince of Homburg or, to give it its full German title: Prinz Friedrich von Homburg oder die Schlacht bei Fehrbellin was written by Heinrich von Kleist around 1810, but not performed until after his suicide in 1821.

During the Prussian war with Sweden young army officer, the Prince of Homburg, is court martial led for disobeying orders form the ruling elector and sentenced to death. I has been the subject of many films and an opera Der Prinz von Homburg but Hans Werner Henze in 1960.

An English stage adaption by Dennis Kelly premiered at the Donmar Warehouse from July to September in 2010 with Ian McDiarmid as The Elector and Charlie Cox in the title role.

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