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Bent is a 1979 play by Martin Sherman. It revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives.

The original text

The play starred Ian McKellen in its original 1979 West End production, and Richard Gere in its original 1980 Broadway production.

Translations and adaptations

In 1997, Martin Sherman adapted Bent into a film of the same name, which was directed by Sean Mathias.

Performance history in South Africa

Presented by John Badenhorst and John Caviggia at the People's Space Theatre in September/October 1981. Directed by John Badenhorst and designed by John Caviggia, the play starred Kevin Oakes*, José Neto, Rupert Wainwright*, John Dennison, Jochen Noetzelmann*, John Badenhorst, Johann van der Merwe and Alan Murchison.

(* appeared by arrangement with Fragile Theatre, Frankfurt/London).


Theatre programme, 1981.

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