Even though there was a real Prince of Homburg who fought at the Battle of Fehrbellin in 1675, the name is the only resemblance to the play.
As with any other written plays, I do prefer them performed as this is what they were made for. However, it is always quite interesting to read them once, as well.
This one definitely has to take into account that it was written at the beginning of the 19th century when winning a war was the most important subject most people talked about (although, times haven't changed THAT much!)
The play has it all, love and war. I found the historical background interesting and therefore am glad I read this.
I also read "The Marquise of O.", a novella which I liked a lot better.