The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 16.1920  Tuesday, 22 November 2005

From: 		Hardy M. Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
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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