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Henry IV

Following a riding accident, a man believes himself to be Henry IV of Germany – but just who is mad?

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World Theatre. BBC 1959
Dir John Harrison
With Paul Scofield, Margaretta Scott, André Van Gyseghem, Dennis Quilley
85min

As with his better-known Six Characters in Search of an Author, here playwright Luigi Pirandello addresses the blurring of fantasy and reality – and in this case, the very nature of insanity. Following a riding accident, Scofield’s character believes himself to be Henry IV of Germany and those around him are enrolled to act out his fantasy... but just who is mad? Seize the opportunity to see a rarely performed European classic, and Scofield at the height of his powers.


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