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Taking Sides by Ronald Harwood

Next Stage director John Matthews’ production is a triumph.
— Jackie Chappell, Bath Chronicle

In the grim aftermath of the Second World War, the victors determine the guilt or innocence of leading German citizens. 

Depicting the intense interrogation of Willhelm Furtwängler, possibly the greatest conductor of his generation, by Major Arnold, Harwood’s play has been produced world-wide to enthusiastic acclaim

German/ American Lieutenant Wills reluctantly assists Arnold whilst Emmi Straube, a “good German”, looks on. Other characters represent victims and collaborators of the regime.

Should Furtwängler be condemned for staying in Germany while others fled and were his acts of mercy only insurance policies against the future? Or is Major Arnold driven by his searing experience of the concentration camps and ignorance of “high art”?

These and other questions raised throughout the play inexorably invite the audience to “take sides”.

In presenting this play, Next Stage continues its aim of presenting the best in thought-provoking modern drama. 


Rehearsal Photographs:

Earlier Event: February 11
September in the Rain by John Godber
Later Event: May 11
Speed-the-Plow by David Mamet