Death and the Maiden
Dates:  Tuesday 14th to Saturday 18th June 2016
Time:  7:45pm
Venue:  Swan Theatre Studio
Tickets:  £9.50, Concessions £8.50

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Synopsis: Death and the Maiden won the Laurence Olivier Award for Best New Play in 1992. It has not aged over the years. It still moves people, confronts them with a tragedy that has no clear solution and speaks to our world today with the same passion it embodied when it was written.

Suspense mounts when Paulina and her husband offer hospitality to a stranger. Paulina thinks she recognizes, from his voice and mannerisms, the man who tortured her when she was a political prisoner, and she subsequently takes him hostage to find out the truth. A stunningly blunt and compelling play, Death and the Maiden explores brilliantly the issues of torture, power, vulnerability, ethics, and trust. Whilst Paulina Sallas was a prisoner, her torturer played Schubert's string quartet No.14, known as Death and the Maiden, during her encounters with him; hence the play's title.

Written in 1990, by Chilean playwright Ariel Dorfman, who was forced into exile in 1973, Death and the Maiden had its world premiere at the Royal Court Theatre Upstairs in London on 9 July 1991, directed by Lindsay Posner. Roman Polinski directed a film version in 1994 and an opera based on the play had its world premiere in 2008. (The play includes adult content and is unsuitable for children.) This amateur production is presented by arrangement with Samuel French Ltd.



Author:  Ariel Dorfman
Director:  Marc Dugmore