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Fear and misery of the third Reich

Written By Bertolt Brecht | Translated by John Willett
Directed by Phil Willmott

Harriet GrenvilleBertolt Brecht's Fear and Misery of the Third Reich is one of his most famous plays, and the first of his openly anti-Nazi works.

ALRA’s recent graduate – Harriet Grenville – is part of the cast. The show will run from 6th to 30th January 2016 at the Union Theatre in Southwark.

About Phil Willmott

Phil Willmott is a multi-award winning director, artistic director, playwright, composer, librettist, teacher, dramaturg, arts journalist.... and occasional actor. He has worked in theatres across the world on everything from classical drama, musicals and family shows to cabaret and cutting edge new writing including notable productions at Liverpool Everyman and Playhouse, Sheffield Crucible, The National Theatre Studio, Nottingham Playhouse, in the West End and for ten years as an associate artist at B.A.C. He is Artistic Director of his own multi award winning theatre company The Steam Industry (incorporating The Finborough Theatre and The Scoop outdoor amphitheatre on the South Bank) and also works as a broadcaster, arts journalist, playwright, lyricist and composer. He’s been a recipient of a Peter Brook award for innovation and entertaining theatre for his classical and family shows, a T.M.A award for outstanding musical production, whatsonstage award nominations for best regional and Off West End productions, a Brooks Atkinson/Royal Court award in new York for playwriting and 4 Spirit of Broadway Awards.

About the play

Justice becomes a joke, old loyalties mean nothing and mere survival demands ruthless cunning. They dramatize with clinical precision the suspicion and anxiety experienced by ordinary people, particularly Jewish citizens, as the power of Hitler grew. ‘We know the results, what we are looking for is the beginnings’, Max Frisch said of the play in 1947, emphasising its significance in exposing the roots of Nazi terror.

Brecht’s picture of the breakdown of normal relationships under the Nazis is not only of historical interest, but emotionally transfixing.

Event information

Dates and times:

6th - 30th JANUARY 2016
Tuesday - Saturday @ 7.30pm | Sunday @ 2.30pm




Tickets: £20 (Concessions £17)


The reviews speak for themselves; you can’t afford to miss this show:

  • Resonant production of Brecht performed by a talented, cohesive ensemble

  • Fear and Misery is both an essential historical document and a temperature gauge of what happens in any country - in Syria, or Africa, today - when a dictatorship turns on its own citizens in the name of patriotism, morality or "cleansing
  • Bertolt Brecht is often thought to be preachy and simplistic, but these plays prove otherwise, offering a complex montage of life in Nazi Germany