Presented by Next Stage Theatre Company
Tuesday 28th November - Saturday 2nd December at 7.30pm
Plus a 2pm Matinee on Saturday 2nd December
Democracy, Michael Frayn’s 2003 play, creates a drama of extraordinary urgency and subtlety out of the known events of twentieth-century history. It explores the relationship that developed between Willy Brandt, the West German Chancellor from 1969 to 1974, and his assistant, Gunter Guillaume - an East German spy planted in the Government offices - whose presence is a constant threat to Brandt’s survival.
As a ‘little man’ in the orbit of a ‘great’ one, Guillaume is fascinated by the man he is betraying and the political system he represents. Guillaume, Brandt and the people around them struggle with their own identities and loyalties. But this is a play in which — as in real life — human emotions are subordinate to the crushing imperative of the political process. With a surprising amount of humour, the manoeuvrings, ambitions, loyalties and betrayals of Brandt’s allies and enemies are shown - are these perhaps an inevitable part of ‘democracy’?
Next Stage is proud to produce Michael Frayn’s award-winning play with an experienced and talented cast drawn from the company. At a time when Britain’s own politics are, to say the least, ‘interesting’, we aim to make this production both entertaining and thought-provoking!