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Accidental Death of an Anarchist (NHB Modern Plays) - (West End edition) - cover

Accidental Death of an Anarchist (NHB Modern Plays) - (West End edition)

Dario Fo, Franca Rame

Publisher: Nick Hern Books

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Summary

An irrepressible fraudster known only as the Maniac is brought into Police Headquarters just as the officers are preparing for a judicial review of the recent 'accidental' death of a suspect in custody.
Outwitting his captors, the Maniac dupes them into performing a farcical recreation of the incident, exposing the absurd corruption and terrifying idiocy at the heart of the system.
Dario Fo and Franca Rame's riotous satire has been widely performed around the world since its premiere in 1970. Tom Basden's acclaimed adaptation was first performed at Sheffield Theatres in 2022, directed by Daniel Raggett, and starring Daniel Rigby as the Maniac.
The production transferred to the Lyric Hammersmith Theatre in 2023, before moving to the Theatre Royal Haymarket in London's West End.
'An Italian classic reborn as an unmissable police satire' - Metro

'A glorious comedy that leaps off the stage' - The Times
'A riotous satirical farce brought bang up to date… Tom Basden's full-blooded adaptation [is] a furious but funny broadside against police malpractice… supremely, dazzlingly funny' - Guardian
'A glorious romp from the super-talented Tom Basden' - Observer
Available since: 06/22/2023.
Print length: 96 pages.

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