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?
Kirsty Housley directs a slippery and ambitious exploration of theatre's social efficacy
It's unsurprising that a play interrogating echo chambers resonates so cleanly
Thrilling provocations in theatre's fight against fascism
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
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