by Martin Sherman
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Special Q&A Session with Martin Sherman
on 6 August after the show. You can still come to the
Q&A even if you have been to a previous performance.
Spaces are limited so please confirm your attendance by
Martin Sherman's iconic play, Bent,
is returning to London this July for a five week run at
The Tabard Theatre after its phenomenal success at The
Landor Theatre earlier this spring.
Originally presented at the Royal Court Theatre in 1979,
the play took London by storm, transferred to the West
End and has since been seen in over 40 countries and
translated into at least 21 different languages.
1930’s Berlin: Decadent Max and partner
Rudy are on the run after witnessing the murder of a
German SA Officer who Max has brought home the night
The couple flee Berlin to avoid arrest and subsequent
imprisonment, however they are caught by the Gestapo and
put on a train headed for Dachau the
What follows is a story of survival,
love and self discovery.
ran for three weeks at The Landor Theatre
to critical acclaim and sell out audiences. It now finds
itself in its new home at The Tabard Theatre this July
and August. Bent has been nominated for seven
awards in total at the forthcoming Off-West End Awards.
Best Director: Andrew
Keates (Tabard Production)
Best Lighting Design:
Howard Hudson (Landor Production)
Best Male Performance:
Russell Morton (Tabard & Landor)
Performance: Steven Butler as Rudy (Tabard)
Performance: David Flynn as Horst (Tabard)
Performance: Chris Barley as Rudy (Landor)
In close collaboration with author Martin
Sherman, the production is directed by Andrew
Keates. Production team members include: Howard Hudson
(Lighting Design), Freya Groves (Set & Costume
Designer), Lee Freeman (Composer), Connie Glover (Sound
Design), and Richard Hay (Fight Direction).
'Bent' contains nudity and scenes which some viewers may
find disturbing. Over 16's only.
"...A powerful and memorable experience. I left the
theatre shaking and in tears... FIVE STARS"
- Sophie Cornell for Remote Goat
"...This production presents all that recommends it with
panache and nuanced understanding, both of its
theatrical potential and its instructive message..
- Michael Hubbard
“...an important historical document for so many of us;
but more than that, as Andrew’s production proves, it
above all still makes for incredibly powerful and
resonant theatre…” –
"...Andrew Keates' direction is sublime - all the
subtle nuances are detected and used. There's no opinion
being hammered at you throughout; the play is simply
presented for what it is, and as that, provides the
bleakest and starkest of stories...FIVE STARS"
– Sophie Cornell
“…an exemplary revival of the play…”
– Mark Shenton
"... As 2010 marks the 65th anniversary of the end of
World War Two, Bent is a fitting tribute to all those
who lost their lives in atrocities the likes of which we
hope will never happen again..." - Simon Sladen -
British Theatre Guide