Sommer 14 – A Dance of Death, Finborough Theatre

MastFor those who have spent the past few months nodding along to World War I conversations while desperately trying to remember who killed that archduke and why, Rolf Hochhuth has kindly supplied a solution in the form of a dramatised European history lesson, making its English-language premiere at the Finborough.

But beware: this beneficence requires payment in kind. Controversial German playwright Hochhuth is feverishly devoted to his distorted viewpoint, and he won’t be satisfied until he has ground you into submission. Thus his “documentary theatre” is spiced up with a liberal helping of bias, conjecture and flat-out invention, which makes the project’s lofty aims somewhat dubious, but undoubtedly lends a certain piquancy to his central hypothesis.

Read my full theartsdesk review here

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