Taking Sides

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Taking Sides is a 1995 play by Ronald Harwood (1934-)[1]

The original text

A play about the post-War U.S. denazification investigation of the German conductor and composer Wilhelm Furtwängler (1886-1954) on charges of having served the Nazi regime. Harwood drew inter alia on a detailed diary kept by Furtwängler of his interrogation sessions. Although the investigation that is the focus of the play resulted in formal charges being brought against Furtwängler, he was eventually cleared by the tribunal.

The original production starred Daniel Massey and Michael Pennington. Massey won the Laurence Olivier Award for his role as Furtwangler. When the play transferred to Broadway the following year Ed Harris took over the role of the American Colonel, and Massey repeated his award winning role.

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Performance history in South Africa

1997: Presented by Pieter Toerien at the Alhambra Theatre opening 16 March and at the Theatre on the Bay opening 7 May. Directed by Mark Graham with David Clatworthy (Major Steve Arnold), Nicole Franco (Emmi Straube), Rosalind Butler (Tamar Sachs), Philip Godawa (Helmuth Rode) (replaced by Peter Krummeck for the Cape Town run), Thomas Hall (Lieutenant David Wills) and Michael Atkinson as Furtwängler. Designs by Andrew Botha and lighting by Jannie Swanepoel.



Taking Sides programme, 1997

Cape Argus 5 March 1998.

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