Opened 10 Sep 2009
Written: by Odon von Horvath, new version by Christopher Hampton
Directed: James Macdonald
Cast: Laura Donnelly (Anna), Joseph Millson (Thomas Hudetz)
Synopsis: Written and set in 1937 in a small village in Austria, diligent station master Thomas Hudetz is a well respected member of his local community. That is until the charms of flirtatious young Anna distract him momentarily from the operation of the signals. There are no survivors from Express Train 405. The small town seeks a culprit but it seems only Anna knows the truth about the conscientious station master.
What the popular press had to say.....
MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "A fine translation by Christopher Hampton and a stunning production...Horváth's play is profoundly German in its cryptic portrait of survivor guilt; yet, in this production, it reaches out to all of us in its reminder that we are the sum of our deeds." MARK SHENTON for THE STAGE says, "An intense, complex and remorselessly gripping moral thriller." HENRY HITCHINGS for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "intriguing hybrid of social comedy and noirish entertainment, but lapses into melodrama and in the end a gratuitous supernaturalism." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "Fascinating play." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH says, "The great virtue of James Macdonald’s fine production, with atmospheric designs by Miriam Buether, is that it brings a whole community to vivid, detailed life, while allowing the audience to draw its own conclusions about the moral malaise that seized Germany under Hitler."
Production photos by Keith Pattison