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Afterlife
On from 11 Aug 2008 till 30 Aug 2008
National Theatre
by Michael Frayn
Genre(s): Drama, New Writing

About: Afterlife

A man who has everything. Money, friends, a happy home. And then – pfft! It’s all vanished.

Max Reinhardt, one of the greatest impresarios of theatrical history, had a lifelong ambition – to dissolve the boundary between theatre and the world it portrays. Each year at the Salzburg festival he directed a famous morality play, Everyman, about God sending Death to summon a representative of mankind for judgment. The victim he chooses is a man who, like Reinhardt, rejoices in his wealth and all the pleasures that money can buy.

Then in 1938 Hitler declares his own day of reckoning and sends Death into Austria – whereupon Reinhardt, a Jew, is left as naked and vulnerable as Everyman himself. Michael Frayn’s Afterlife is the story of how Reinhardt achieves his great ambition; though in a way he can scarcely have foreseen.

Roger Allam, last seen at the National Theatre in Michael Frayn's Democracy, plays Reinhardt.

Reviews

‘Frayn's erudition sparkles and there's a buoyant sense of fun in Blakemore's production to match its braininess.’
The Times

‘Roger Allam’s fine, ebullient, haunted performance.’
Financial Times

‘An almost perfect fusion of form and content.’
New Statesman

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