Tuesday, 7 March 2017

Penthesilea (1807) written by Heinrich von Kleist and produced at the Schauspiel in Frankfurt am Main around 1920

A scene from Penthesilea (1807) written by the German playwright Heinrich von Kleist (1777 - 1811) and produced at the Schauspiel in Frankfurt am Main around 1920





"His first tragedy was The Schroffenstein Family (Die Familie Schroffenstein). The material for the second, Penthesilea (1808), queen of the Amazons, is taken from a Greek source and presents a picture of wild passion. More successful than either of these was his romantic play, Käthchen of Heilbronn (Das Käthchen von Heilbronn) (1808), a poetic drama full of medieval bustle and mystery, which retained its popularity for many years."

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