Chancellor Rieger is leaving office. But does leaving office
necessarily mean that he, his mistress and his extended family have
to leave the state villa, which has been their home for years?
While his former secretary, and the former secretary to his former
secretary, grapple with the mechanics of change and his family
prepare to vace an uncertain future, the chancellor himself
considers his legacy amid visits from journalists, an infatuated
student and his arch-rival and possible successor, Patrick Klein.
With echoes of both King Lear and The Cherry Orchard, Vaclav
Havel's "Leaving" addresses the themes of change, dispossession and
the transfer of power from one generation to the next. The play
received its English-language world premiere at the Orange Tree
Theatre, Richmond, in September 2008. "Leaving" is Vaclav Havel's
first play since he was propelled to political office in 1989.