Democracy

By Michael Frayn

Synopsis:

“I see just how the pieces in the puzzle fall into place. The distrust, the jealousy.”
(Guillaume Act 2)

In Democracy, Michael Frayn creates a drama of extraordinary urgency and subtlety. The play tells the story of Willy Brandt, charismatic Chancellor of West Germany and Guillaume, the East German spy who became his closest colleague. Sharing confidences, the two men discover common ground; the dangers of living a secret life and, disastrously, the attractions of adultery. Beset by his own weaknesses, Brandt struggles to implement controversial policies that will change Europe for ever. But all the time his most ardent supporter, the ever-faithful Gunter, is betraying him.

In Democracy Michael Frayn uses his consummate skill as a playwright to engage audiences in a fascinating political game of cat-and-mouse. The intrigues, jealousies, betrayals and dangers that beset Brandt’s Government are vividly brought to life by a kaleidoscopic cast of senior politicians, skilfully depicted by leading Next Stage actors.

Following the company’s celebrated production of Michael Frayn’s Noises Off in 2014 Next Stage is delighted to now have the chance to bring Democracy to Bath audiences. Don’t miss this award-winning play by one of Britain’s greatest living playwrights, intimately and creatively staged at The Mission Theatre under the direction of John Matthews.

Democracy provides a fascinating insight into a critical period in the recent past as well as a study of the strengths and weaknesses of human nature.

Don’t miss it!

Democracy
Dates: Tue 28 Nov - Sat 02 Dec 2017 @ 7:30pm
Location: The Mission Theatre, Bath
Tickets: £12.50 (£10.50 Concessions)
Box Office: NEXT STAGE BOX OFFICE 01225 428600 EMAIL (JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address) OR BATH BOX OFFICE 01225 463362 http://WWW.BATHBOXOFFICE.ORG.UK

Director/s | Cast:

John Matthews

John Matthews

Director

Peter Benson

Peter Benson

Willy Brandt

Dave Dunn

Dave Dunn

Gunter Nollau

George Gent

George Gent

Reinhard Wilke

Dave Gosling

Dave Gosling

Herbert Wehner

David Holt

David Holt

Arno Kretschman

Jeff Hughes

Jeff Hughes

Horst Ehmke

Ren Leming

Ren Leming

Helmut Schmidt

Andrew McGrath

Andrew McGrath

Heinz-Dietrich Genscher

Kristofer Rose

Kristofer Rose

Ulrich Bauhaus

Jon Yardley

Jon Yardley

Gunter Guillaume

Review/s of Democracy:

Review 1: '...If you've ever longed for something different then Democracy is probably it'

Democracy by Michael Frayn, presented by Next Stage Theatre Company, directed by John Matthews at The Mission Theatre, Tuesday 28th November – Saturday 2nd December at 7.30pm plus matinee on Saturday 2nd December at 2pm. Tickets Next Stage box office 01225 428600 or Bath box office 01225 463362. I’m not sure quite what the usual run of plays is but if you’ve ever longed for something completely…click here to read the whole review.

By Philip Horton

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