"I'm the last man left, and I'm staying that way until the end. I'm not capitulating!"

– Last words from Bérenger in Ionesco's play "Rhinoceros"

Eugène Ionesco (1909 - 1994)

Eugène Ionesco was one of the most important French playwrights of the 20th Century and a leading character of the “absurdist theatre”. In his drama Eugène Ionesco focuses on the question of human existence as well as the trivia of everyday life. His most renowned play in Germany “Die Nashörner” (1959) is based on his own experience in Romania. This induced Eugène Ionesco to always oppose conformism, to act against totalitarianism, which changes humans and turns them into “Nashörner”. But even beyond his drama Eugène Ionesco always gave comment on topics such as culture and politics and impressed not a few people with his “courage to doubt”.

"I have met a man who is more than any other clairvoyant and confused, roused and reserved."

– André Coutin, Gespräche mit Eugène Ionesco

Further quotations

Upcoming anniversaries

2 February 1972: Premiere of "Macbett" at Théâtre Rive-Gauche

8 February 1963: French premiere of "Le Piéton de l’air" at Odéon Théâtre de France in Paris

16 February 1957: New recording of the two plays “La Cantatrice chauve” and “La Lecon” at Théâtre de la Huchette, where they are constantly shown together until today