This Spring, Theatre Unlimited are touring these two solo shows throughout the UK, both of which premiered at the National Theatre.
‘Defying Hitler’ is a stage adaptation of Sebastian Haffner’s candid, witty and extremely moving account of his early life, growing up in Berlin between the wars.
“Compelling theatre, immaculately performed.” John Gross in The Sunday Telegraph
Rupert Wickham first adapted the book as a Platform Performance at the National Theatre to accompany Michael Frayn’s award-winning ‘Democracy’. Theatre Unlimited then launched an extremely successful production at London’s prestigious New End Theatre. The production was featured and highly recommended by Ned Sherrin on Radio 4’s ‘Loose Ends’ (recording available).
Since then, the production has toured extensively throughout the UK, including a return visit to the National Theatre, and to the Brits Off Broadway Festival in New York.
“Each of us sometimes asks what we would have done if we had been young and German in 1933. There could scarcely be a better way to explore this question.” (London Evening Standard)
‘Stalin’s Favourite’ received its world premiere at the National Theatre in November. It is a brand new play about Soviet author Konstantin Simonov, adapted from Orlando Figes’ ground-breaking book, ‘The Whisperers. Private Life in Stalin’s Russia’.
“It was mesmerising! A fascinating production. The whole piece had the audience rapt.” Benedict Nightingale, The Times
In 1941, the huge popularity of Simonov’s poem, ‘Wait For Me’, projected him into the literary stratosphere. But what price becoming Stalin’s favourite writer? Years later, now ageing and unwell, Simonov looks back on a lifetime as part of Stalin’s Soviet elite and confronts his demons.
“A marvellous revelation of the effect on a writer of compromising with dictatorship. Its message resonates today as strongly as it did 60 years ago.” Alan Brooke Turner, Cultural Attache to Moscow 1962-65
Stalin’s Favourite – 27 February
Defying Hitler – 28 February
Arts Centre, Swindon
Box office: 614837
Book online at: www.wegottickets.com/swindonartscentre