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Willhelm Furtwangler was one of the most brilliant orchestral conductors of his generation, leading the Berlin Philharmonic Orchestra throughout the Nazi era. A man living for his music, yet branded a collaborator.
by Ronald Harwood
Starring Neil Pearson and Julian Glover
Directed by Deborah Bruce
Design by Hayden Griffin
Lighting Design by Andy Phillips
From the writer of the Oscar-winning film The Pianist; Ronald Harwood’s Taking Sides is a compelling and gripping play, about the interrogation of Furtwangler by Major Steve Arnold, an American interrogator working for the De-Nazification Tribunal in post-war Germany.
A huge hit in the West End and on Broadway, this new production starred NEIL PEARSON (Arnold) and JULIAN GLOVER (Furtwangler).
Neil’s recent theatre credits include ‘Benefactors’, ‘Closer’, ‘Mind Millie for Me’ (all West End) and ‘The Real Thing’ (tour). His TV and film credits include ‘Between the Lines’, ‘Drop the Dead Donkey’, ‘Bridget Jones’ Diary,’ ‘Fever Pitch’ and ‘Trevor’s World of Sport’ a new series for the BBC.
Julian’s classical theatre credits include: ‘King Lear’ and leading roles for the RSC including Olivier award-winning ‘Henry IV’. West End productions include ‘Waiting for Godot’, ‘Macbeth’. Films include: ‘Harry Potter: The Chamber of Secrets’, ‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’, ‘Star Wars – The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘For Your Eyes Only’.
This thrilling drama escalates in timbre and suspense as it pitches Arnold against Furtwangler, art against politics. Will the truth be revealed or does it all depends on THE SIDE YOU TAKE?
“Taking Sides is a masterpiece, moving, absorbing, relentless.”
Mail on Sunday
“A taut chilling drama … RIVETING … WITTY … stirs one with a powerful indignation.”
“Harwood holds the scales of justice with consideration and commendable dexterity.”
“Resonates powerfully in both the mind and the heart … a tremendous play.”
“A West End and Broadway triumph first time round, this gripping revival, directed by Deborah Bruce, shows it has not lost a jot of its ability to engage the intelligence, while at the same time stretching the nerves almost to breaking point…. deeply moving …”
The Stage and Television Today
“.. stunning performances from Neil Pearson and Julian Glover. The plot is often tense, sometimes harrowing but always totally gripping”
Bristol Evening Post
“A wonderful war of words amid the ruins. The two leaders get splendid suppport from Tom Harper … John McEnery… Ruth Grey … and Tanya Ronder.”
Nottingham Evening Post
“Taking Sides is simply a triumph. Beautifully structured … it kept the audience totally absorbed for over two hours. It is not to mince words, a triumph!”
“Hayden Griffin’s set exudes the decayed splendour of a world brought to its knees.”
London Evening Standard
“This will remain in my memory for a long time to come.”