An Italian Straw Hat

Eugène Labiche and Marc-Michel, translated by Kenneth McLeish
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The classic 1851 farce. Fadinard is on the way to his wedding when his horse eats a straw hat hanging on a bush. The owner of the hat is a former girlfriend who insists that Fadinard buys her a new hat instantly. He sets off to find a replacement hat, followed by his fiancée and all their guests. The play develops into a delirious chase as Fadinard hunts the hat and the guests hunt Fadinard and comic misunderstandings litter every scene.

Production Info

Cast: 18 total (6 female, 12 male)
Full Length Drama (about 120 minutes)
Multiple Sets
Period Costumes
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About the Author


  • Eugène Labiche

    Eugène Labiche was born on May 5, 1815. Labiche was a French dramatist who wrote about 175 plays, the majority of which were light comedies or vaudevilles, and the remaining plays were comedies of manners. Labiche died in 1883.

  • Marc-Michel

    Marc-Michel was a French playwright, poet, and journalist. He was born Marc-Antoine-Amédée Michel in Marseille in 1812. His most well-known work is Un Chapeau de paille d'Italie (AN ITALIAN STRAW HAT), which he wrote in collaboration with Eugène Labiche. Marc-Michel died in 1868.

  • Kenneth McLeish

    Kenneth McLeish (1940 – 1997) studied Classics and Music at Worcester College, Oxford. After starting as a schoolteacher, he became a full-time translator, author, and dramatist, and in time the most widely respected and prolific translator of drama in Britain. His output included all 47 of the surviving classical Greek plays, most of Ibsen and Feydeau, as well as individual plays by Plautus, Molière, Jarry, Strindberg, Horvath, and Labiche. His original plays and translations have been widely performed, most notably by England's National Theatre and the Royal Shakespeare Company.

About the Book

Book Information

Publisher Nick Hern Books
Publication Date 7/1/1998
Pages 96
ISBN 9781854593009

Special Notes

Special Notes

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An Italian Straw Hat is produced
by special arrangement with Broadway Play Publishing Inc, NYC


Upcoming and Recent Productions


4/21/2016 – 4/23/2016
Osseo Senior High
Osseo, MN