The End of the Night

by Ben Brown

Arts & Culture

It’s April 19, 1945, and on the eve of Hitler’s last birthday, Swedish Jew Norbert Masur secretly flies to Berlin to try to persuade Heinrich Himmler to release the last surviving concentration camp prisoners, contrary to Hitler’s orders that no Jew should outlast the regime. 

But why would Himmler, the so-called Architect of the Holocaust, agree? And what might he want in return? 

The End of the Night is a staged reading of a new play by Ben Brown, directed by Richard Beecham. To be followed by a Q&A with the writer. 

Richard Beecham is a London-based theatre director. Recent notable productions with a Jewish theme include Rose by Martin Sherman starring Dame Janet Suzman; two Arthur Miller plays -  Playing for Time starring Dame Sian Phillips and Broken Glass; 84 Charing Cross Road starring Stefanie Powers; and Driving Miss Daisy starring Dame Sian Phillips and Derek Griffiths. Richard's first short film, The Guitar, won the Pears Short Film Award at the London Jewish Film Festival. 

Ben Brown’s plays include All Things Considered (Hampstead, Paris, Sydney, Heidelberg), Larkin With Women (TMA Best New Play and Express Play of the Year), The Promise (Orange Tree) and Three Days in May (West End and National Tour, Whatsonstage Best New Play). Translated as Tres Dias En Mayo, Three Days in May ran for over a year in Mexico City and won the Mexican Theatre Critics Best New Play Award in 2016. The Promise was revived for a staged reading at the JW3 on the centenary of the Balfour Declaration on November 2nd, 2017. 

‘A riveting study of the complexities of history ... This is historical drama at its dialectical best’ -Michael Billington, The Guardian **** (The Promise)  

‘Both riveting and moving’ –Charles Spencer, The Daily Telegraph **** (Three Days in May) 

 

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