Ronald Harwood's new play Mahler's Conversion at the Aldwych Theatre has had to cancel its first preview performance on Sept. 19 due to technical difficulties. Starring Antony Sher in the title role, Mahler's Conversion delves into the life of Gustav Mahler, the cult Austrian late-romantic composer. Mahler is a Jew who wants the top job in the musical world of Vienna, conductor of the Court Opera. However, to achieve this he has to convert to Catholicism, and inevitably there is a price to be paid. The play explores his marriage and infidelities, as well as his difficult conversion from Judaism to Catholicism.
Greg Doran is directing the production with design by Stephen Brimson-Lewis. Ronald Harwood's previous plays include The Dresser, Taking Sides and Another Time. Mahler's Conversion is set to open at the Aldwych on Oct. 2.