This should make an intriguing companion to Christopher Hampton’s translation of Youth Without God which is playing just across the road at the Coronet. A contemporary spin on Klaus Mann’s 1936 novel, Samuel Gallet’s play asks the question: what are we prepared to sacrifice to do the right thing? There is a great team assembled too with Chris Campbell translating and Kirsty Housley at the helm and a cast that includes Leo Bill.
In the town of Balbek the far right are about to seize power. At the local theatre Aymeric dreams of celebrity; Lucas longs for a liberal revolution; Michael is seduced by the extremists. Juliette Demba is in fear for her life. As this political earthquake convulses society Aymeric must make his choice: resist the forces of hatred or harness them for his own success. Mephisto [Rhapsodie] is a searing contemporary response to Klaus Mann’s banned, and fiercely political cult novel. It is based on the real life story of Gustaf Gründgens whose dreams of fame led him to betray everything, and at the peak of his career, perform Faust for Hitler. Samuel Gallet’s urgent new play asks, what would you sacrifice to do the right thing?