An Italian Straw Hat

Full Text and Introduction (NHB Drama Classics)
by Eugène Labiche
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Publisher: Nick Hern Books

Series: NHB Drama Classi

Publication Date: July 01, 2015

ISBN: 9781780016436

Binding: Kobo eBook

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The NHB Drama Classics series presents the world's greatest plays in affordable, highly readable editions for students, actors and theatregoers. The hallmarks of the series are accessible introductions (focussing on the play's theatrical and historical background, together with an author biography, key dates and suggestions for further reading) and the complete text, uncluttered with footnotes. The translations, by leading experts in the field, are accurate and above all actable. The editions of English-language plays include a glossary of unusual words and phrases to aid understanding.

An Italian Straw Hat is a classic farce from 1851.

Fadinard is on the way to his wedding when his horse eats a straw hat hanging on a bush. The owner of the hat is a former girlfriend who insists that Fadinard buys her a new hat instantly. He sets off to find a replacement hat, followed by his fiancée and all their guests. The play develops into a delirious chase as Fadinard hunts the hat and the guests hunt Fadinard and comic misunderstandings litter every scene.

Translated and introduced by Kenneth McLeish.