Performed in the original Latin, with English surtitles
7 pm, Friday 28th March, in the King’s College Chapel, Strand, London WC2R 2LS.
The Ecerinis is a landmark in western European literature, the first tragedy to be written since antiquity. As such, it is the first step on the path that would lead to Shakespeare and Racine. In form, it is based closely on the tragedies of Seneca, but its subject is modern, the downfall of Ezzelino III da Romano (1194-1259), a northern Italian tyrant of ill repute. Written in Padua, the play is one of the first fruits of the Italian Renaissance, not to mention a fine piece of bloodthirsty drama in its own right.
All are welcome, and admission is free (suggested donation: £5). For more information, see: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/artshums/depts/history/eventrecords/2013-14/latinplay.aspx