In its first two years of production, Dario Fo's controversial farce, Accidental Death of an Anarchist
, was seen by over half a million people. It has since been performed all over the world and is widely recognised as a classic of modern drama. A sharp and hilarious satire on political corruption, it concerns the case of an anarchist railway worker who, in 1969, 'fell' to his death from a police headquarters window.
This version of the play was premiered in London in 2003.
Commentary and notes by Joseph Farrell.
""The quality that makes Fo uniquely powerful [is] the ability to wring wild laughter out of insidious corruption.""—Guardian
""Simon Nye's witty translation updates and relocates the play suitably close to contemporary England. Fo is that rare thing, a far-left playwright with a popular, comic touch. And his stinging attack upon the black arts of government cover-up, manipulation and mendacity could not be more timely.""— Evening Standard