Mephisto [Rhapsody]

Mephisto [Rhapsody]

Fascism. Resistance. Apathy.

Lyn Gardner avatar
26 September 2019  ·  Follow on Stagedoor
“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?

Critic reviews

Kirsty Housley directs a slippery and ambitious exploration of theatre's social efficacy

The Stage

It's unsurprising that a play interrogating echo chambers resonates so cleanly


Thrilling provocations in theatre's fight against fascism

Evening Standard

It sways between being a sharp commentary on modern artistic engagement to wallowing slightly in its own self-referential vanity here and there - always managing to keep its finger on the pulse

Broadway World

This production skewers “us” (everyone who dares to be interested in theatre, in this day and age, with a conscience – the kind of people who will watch this play), and for the right reasons


Leo Bill gives a tremendous performance as a pretentious actor desperate for fame in this sharp satire on politics and art

Time Out

Date & time

Show ended
Thu 3 Oct - Sat 26 Oct, 2.30pm & 7.30pm


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