The Prince of Homburg

  • Our critic's rating:

    "Heinrich von Kleist's great German play, written shortly before his death in 1811, has been given a new ending by Dennis Kelly which perverts the play's meaning and undermines an otherwise fascinating evening."
    Michael Billington for The Guardian

    "The highly-strung wit of Kleist’s verse is lost in a welter of rhetoric, and [Dennis] Kelly has unnecessarily amended Kleist’s ending."
    Henry Hitchings for The Evening Standard

    "A witty, free-flowing new version. "
    John Thaxter for The Stage

    "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 jeopardising the drama’s other concerns. "
    Dominic Cavendish for The Daily Telegraph

    "There should be more to admire in this show. The play offers a delicately balanced dilemma: the law of the heart versus the law of nationhood. In this director's insufficiently serious grasp, it underwhelms."
    Quentin Letts for The Daily Mail

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