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On from 10 Feb 2010 till 06 Mar 2010
Arcola Theatre
by Thomas Bernhard
Genre(s): Drama

Tickets: £16 / (£10 concessions)

About: Heldenplatz

Directed by Annie Castledine and Annabel Arden

“absolutely everything is decided by party politics here
you simply can’t be narrow-minded enough
if you want to get to the highest positions!”

Austria, 1988. For the Schuster family – intellectual, Jewish, Viennese to the core – the country remains as uninhabitable as it was when they fled in 1938. Forty years on from World War II, irrational hatred, neurosis and decadence still reign.

Bernhard explores the shared isolation of people who have lost their bearings along with most of their illusions. Condemned in his homeland when it was first released, the play delves deep into Austria’s historic alliance, exposing the right-wing sensibilities of some of the country’s most prominent citizens.

Heldenplatz is the last play from one of the most individual, innovatory and challenging voices from contemporary post-War Europe. This rare opportunity to see his work in Britain is created by legendary theatre directors Annie Castledine and Annabel Arden, with a leading cast of familiar faces from stage and screen.

“the foremost craftsman of German prose after Kafka and Musil.”
George Steiner on Thomas Bernhard

Heldenplatz is supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum

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