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An Italian Straw Hat

An Italian Straw Hat

By Eugène Labiche
Translated by Kenneth McLeish
Series: Drama Classics
Imprint: Nick Hern Books
Paperback : 9781854593009, 126 pages, July 1998


A classic 19th-century French farce by Eugène Labiche.

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.