CP Taylor's play with music chronicles a German professor's gradual absorption by Nazism. The deceptively humorous drama focuses on his naive blindness to the implications of his actions despite their eventual contribution to the horrific genocide.
Who's In It?
Charles Dance (right), famed for The Jewel in the Crown but more recently seen in ITV's Rebecca and the controversial Hilary and Jackie, plays Halder, the literature professor unwittingly surfing the waves of Nazi propaganda - who couples his job in Auschwitz with his friendship with Maurice, a Jewish psychoanalyst played by Ian Gelder. Starlet of the moment Emilia Fox (right) is the nubile student with whom he has an affair, while his long-suffering wife (played by Jessica Turner) falls apart at the seams.
What They Say About It
"A strong cast in a dark, crisp and spare production" Robert Butler, Independent on Sunday. "It bubbles with restless energy, brims with wry, but pointed observation" Benedict Nightingale, Times. "A sincere attempt to grapple with some of the darkest moral enigmas of our time" John Gross, Sunday Telegraph. "Themes of illusion, potency and racism feed the thrust of a gripping, and still frightening, contemporary play" Michael Coveney, Daily Mail
Where You Can See It
The Donmar Warehouse, Earlham St, London WC2 (0171-369-1732) to 22 May.