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   Features  >  LATEST LONDON NEWS

 
TAKING SIDES/COLLABORATION
at TBA (West End)

FACE THE MUSIC
By JOHN NATHAN
Published December 13 2008

  Isla Blair and Michael Pennington/Ph: Tristram Kenton

Theatre News Online can reveal that the two Ronald Harwood plays, Taking Sides and Collaboration, which were paired during this year's Chichester Festival season, are heading for the West End in 2009.

A spokesperson for Chichester confirmed that there are plans for a transfer but that a venue had yet to be found.

A source however told TNO that the two plays, which at Chichester shared the same cast led by Michael Pennington and were directed by Philip Franks, will arrive at a London stage in May.

Taking Sides, which premiered at Chichester in 1995, was paired this year at the same theater with Harwood's latest play Collaboration. Each work reassess the moral choices made by two giants of German culture during Hitler's rule &ampampndash in Taking Sides the conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler, and in Collaboration, composer Richard Strauss, both played in Chichester earlier this year by Pennington.

Best known for his play and film The Dresser, Harwood has often written about the moral choices made by musicians. In 2002 he won an Oscar for his screenplay for The Pianist.

 


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