Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Nye)

by  Dario Fo, Simon Nye

Full Length Play, Comedy  /  5m, 1f

Highly contentious and subversive at the time of its first production in Milan in 1970, this has since become one of Fo's best known and most translated text. Based on a true story it throws in to relief the judicial and police corruption of 1970s Italy.  Available as a standard text only edition (9780413773425), or in the Methuen Student Edition (9780413772671) - cover image shown here - with additional commentary and notes by Joseph Farrell.

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Accidental Death of an Anarchist (Nye)

by  Dario Fo Simon Nye

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    5m, 1f
  • SubGenre


    Farce, Period

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'The quality that makes Fo uniquely powerful ...[is] the ability to wring wild laughter out of insidious corruption' - Guardian. 'Simon Nye's witty translation updates and relocates the play ...suitably close to contemporary England. Fo is that rare thing, a far-left playwright with a popular, comic touch. And his stinging attack upon the black arts of government cover-up, manipulation and mendacity could not be more timely' - Evening Standard.  In its first two years of production, Dario Fo's controversial farce, Accidental Death of an Anarchist, was seen by over half a million people. It has since been performed all over the world and is widely recognised as a classic of modern drama. A sharp and hilarious satire on political corruption, it concerns the case of an anarchist railway worker who, in 1969, 'fell' to his death from a police headquarters window.  This version of the play was premiered at the Donmar Warehouse, London, in February 2003. 

Please note this adaptation is not available for performance. If you wish to perform this title you must use the Supple/Cummings or Emery version.

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  • Time Period: 1960s
  • Setting: Two offices


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