1936 by Tom McNab at the Lilian Baylis Studio


Attic Theatre Company presents 1936 by Tom McNab, at the Lilian Baylis Studio at Sadler's Wells Theatre, near Angel, north London, from 18 July to 5 Aug 2012.

Directed by Jenny Lee, designed by Kevin Jenkins, lighting by Howard Hudson. Cast includes David Baron, Peter Harding, Tom Hodgkins, Tim Frances..

1936 conjures up the conversations and conflicts leading up to the Berlin Olympics, as seen through the eyes of American journalist William Shirer. Juxtaposing scenes between Hitler and Goebbels with the discussions taking place in the International Olympic Committee and the American Amateur Athletics Union, the play reveals the political and cultural tensions surrounding the event and highlights the stories of the athletes involved, with Jesse Owens at the centre.

Every performance of the play is followed by short film excerpts from Leni Riefenstahl’s Olympia (1936) and a discussion chaired by Tom McNab with a panel drawn from cast members, historians and ex-Olympians

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