Don Carlos (play)

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Don Carlos
Dom Carlos 1787.jpg
Written by Friedrich von Schiller
Characters Carlos, Prince of Asturias
Philip II of Spain
Duke of Alba
Elisabeth of Valois
Princess of Eboli
Marquis of Posa
Original language German
Subject conflict between Don Carlos and his father, King Philip II
Genre historical drama
Setting Spanish Court at Aranjuez

Don Carlos (German: Don Karlos, Infant von Spanien is a historical tragedy in five acts by Friedrich Schiller. It was written between 1783 and 1787. The main person in the play is Carlos, Prince of Asturias.

The play is about historical events in the 16th century under the reign of king Philip II of Spain.

The play was very different from the earlier ones that Schiller had written. It was written in iambic verse. It is a story about intrigue and misunderstanding.

In the play, Don Carlos loves his father's wife Elisabeth. The queen's lady-in-waiting Eboli loves Carlos. In the end, the Inquisition deliver a death sentence on Carlos.

Several operas have been composed on the basis of the play, including Don Carlos (also known as Don Carlo) by Giuseppe Verdi.