1968. East Berlin.

Anna and Hans are married, in love and moving up in the world – but it is a world ruled by suspicion. Who can be trusted when everyone is listening?

Created by playwright Ella Hickson (The Writer) and sound designers Ben and Max Ringham, this tense new thriller is directed by Natalie Abrahami (Machinal). It uses individual audio headsets to give the audience intimate access to events as they unfold over one evening, in East Berlin.

Can we ever escape our past?

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Anna running time: 
1 hour 5 minutes
Ella Hickson, Ben and Max Ringham
Natalie Abrahami
Jon Clark
Ben and Max Ringham
Vicki Mortimer
Anna Morrissey
Vicki Mortimer
Cast list:
Phoebe Fox, Nathalie Armin, Paul Bazely, Max Bennett, Jamie Bradley, Michael Gould, Georgia Landers, Diana Quick, Lara Rossi and Dwane Walcott.

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National Theatre, Upper Ground, Ground South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Anna Review

It is 1968, and in a Plattenbau apartment in East Berlin, Anna and her husband Hans are hosting a party to celebrate his promotion. Despite the strict regulations of Soviet rule and a culture of mass surveillance, tonight there is laughter, toasting and even chocolate cake. But the sight of Hans’ new boss unlocks terrible ghosts from Anna’s past, threatening the life she and Hans are trying to... Read more

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