Opened 30 Sep 2004
Written: by Antony Sher, adapted from Primo Levi’s If This Is A Man
Directed: Richard Wilson
Cast: Antony Sher
Synopsis:Primo Levi survived Auschwitz to bear witness to a story of almost inconceivable brutality. But against the odds, what ultimately emerges in his writing is a sense of humanity, of man’s worth.
What the critics had to say.....
NICHOLAS DE JONGH for THE EVENING STANDARD says, "I sometimes found Richard Wilson's stylised, austere production and the manner of Sir Antony's performance fussily decorative." MICHAEL BILLINGTON for THE GUARDIAN says, "Antony Sher, as adapter and performer, and Richard Wilson as director, have such aesthetic tact and imaginative sobriety that they capture precisely the book's controlled outrage." CHARLES SPENCER for THE DAILY TELEGRAPH "The person we encounter on the pages of Levi's book, and in Sher's perfectly judged performance, is a human being who has emphatically not been destroyed by the very worst this world has to offer. That is the beacon in the terrible darkness." BENEDICT NIGHTINGALE for THE TIMES says, "This is an evening beyond criticism."
Production photo by Ivan Kyncl