The first and only full-length critical study of Dario Fo, the 1997 Nobel Prize for Literature Winner This book, now extensively rewritten and updated, remains the only full-length critical study to cover various phases of Dario Fo’s theatrical career. It looks at Fo’s political influences and also the influence on his work of various theatrical motifs, including the great clown traditions which stretch back to the middle ages. The political work of Dario Fo and his wife/collaborator Franca Rame is charted from the 1960s up to the present to give the reader clear insight into this playwright/performer’s unique literary and theatrical strengths. Each of Fo’s plays and productions is discussed at length and the author has included an extensive and updated bibliography which includes full production details, quotes and writings about Fo.Always a popular performer in his native Italy, Fo has been one of the world’s most performed dramatists. In the author’s words: he is the “people’s court jester”.