The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1920 Tuesday, 22 November 2005
From: Hardy M. Cook <
Date: Tuesday, November 22, 2005
Subject: New Play by Vaclav Havel
Former Czech president Vaclav Havel planning to write a new play
Updated at 10:25 on November 21, 2005, EST.
PRAGUE, Czech Republic (AP) - Former Czech President Vaclav Havel is
planning to write a new play, a newspaper reported Monday. "I have it
already well thought out," the daily Pravo quoted Havel as saying. "In
my head, it's almost finished. There's just one little thing - to write
it down." Havel did not give any details about the play, and also
refused to reveal when he would start writing it.
He has said earlier, however, he planned to write a play based on
William Shakespeare's King Lear, as well as an autobiography.
Havel, 69, was a well-known dissident playwright when he led the 1989
revolution that peacefully toppled communism. He became leader of
Czechoslovakia in December 1989, and also served as president from
January 1993, after the country split into the Czech Republic and
Slovakia. He stepped down in 2003, after his second and final term
expired. He began publishing in the 1960s, and before becoming
president, he published dozens of plays, books and political essays that
won him critical acclaim around the world.
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