Frayn and Blakemore Reunite for London Democracy, Beginning Aug. 30

News   Frayn and Blakemore Reunite for London Democracy, Beginning Aug. 30
Michael Frayn's latest play, Democracy, begins previews at the National Theatre Aug. 30 with an official opening set for Sept. 9. Directing is his Copenhagen colleague Michael Blakemore.

Both Blakemore and Frayn won Tony Awards when Copenhagen played on Broadway in 2000. Copenhagen was based on a real life 1941 meeting two world famous physicists, one Danish and one German. Frayn again draws on European history for his new play. Democracy is set in West Germany in 1969, with Chancellor (the German term for Prime Minister) Willy Brandt taking office, little realizing that his personal assistant is spying on him for the East German Secret Service. The play stars Roger Allam and Conleth Hill. It will be performed in the Royal National Theatre's Cottesloe Theatre. Copenhagen also started life at the National.

Roger Allam co-starred at the National as Adolf Hitler in Speer, and also appeared in The Cherry Orchard, Summerfolk, Money and Troilus and Cressida.

All told, Michael Blakemore has directed seven of Frayn's plays. Frayn's most famous play is arguable Noises Off, which recently has a revival on Broadway.

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