ADVERTISEMENT

World Loses a Gem: Nobel Prize Winning Author Dario Fo No More

Italian playwright Dario Fo dies at the age of 90. 

Published
Hot News
2 min read
Dario Fo’s plays have been widely performed in contemporary times. (Photo Courtesy: Twitter/<a href="https://twitter.com/YanniKouts">@YanniKouts</a>)

Nobel prize-winning Italian playwright and actor Dario Fo has died, the Italian government said on Thursday.

Fo, famous for his cutting political satire in plays such as 'The Accidental Death of an Anarchist', won the Nobel prize for literature in 1997.

He died at the age of 90, after having been admitted to hospital in Milan 12 days ago, Italian media reported.

Italian Prime Minister Matteo Renzi, who was himself the target of Fo's sharp wit, sent his condolences.

With Dario Fo, Italy loses one of the great protagonists of theatre, culture and the civic life of our country. His satire, his research, his work on set design, his multi-faceted artistic activity remain the legacy of a great Italian in the world.
Matteo Renzi, Italian Prime Minister
ADVERTISEMENT
 In this 14 March 1980 file photo, Italian playwright Dario Fo performs at Folkets Hus in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo: AP)
In this 14 March 1980 file photo, Italian playwright Dario Fo performs at Folkets Hus in Stockholm, Sweden. (Photo: AP)

Fo and his wife – muse and leading lady Franca Rame – captured the hearts and minds of ordinary Italians, writing and performing for stage, radio and television and regularly skewering political leaders with deft, clever dialogues.

His subversive humour won him a cult status, but also saw him periodically hounded off the stage and television in an attempt by the Italian establishment to muzzle him.

He maintained his political commitment past his 90th birthday, enthusiastically endorsing the maverick Five-Star Movement and comparing its anarchic, foul-mouthed founder Beppe Grillo to one of the heroes of his own chaotic comedies.

(At The Quint, we are answerable only to our audience. Play an active role in shaping our journalism by becoming a member. Because the truth is worth it.)

ADVERTISEMENT
Stay Updated

Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.

Join over 120,000 subscribers!
ADVERTISEMENT