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Critically acclaimed WWII Thriller showing at The Joan in August

Source: Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre
Posted: 11 Jul 2019
John Bell and John Gaden in DIPLOMACY
Following a sold out 2018 season, theatre legends John Bell and John Gaden are heading to Penrith to reprise their roles in this unmissable production of Cyril Gély’s high-stakes WWII thriller, Diplomacy, showing on 2 & 3 August.

The story begins in Paris, 25 August 1944; a suite in the Hôtel Meurice, the headquarters of the Military Governor. The Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling and the German General, Dietrich von Choltitz meet in a life and death situation for the city of Paris when just before dawn, Dietrich von Choltitz is ordered to destroy the French capital, following Hitler’s command. The many twists and turns of their negotiations play out in this highly entertaining thriller that sold out theatres across Sydney in its 2018 Australian premiere season.

Diplomacy examines the madness of men and the idea of the destruction of Paris, for Swedish diplomat Raoul has one night to persuade the German General to leave the landmark city standing. Audiences are drawn into the physical place and time with a setting that is immersive and scaled to include a gigantic map of Paris that highlights all major railway stations, and the architectural and cultural landmarks of the city, from the Notre Dame to The Louvre to the Eiffel Tower.

Audiences won’t be disappointed by Bell and Gaden in this neat, tight and intelligent story that condenses all the tension, gravity and history of one high-stakes moment into a riveting 80-minute play. Book now to secure your seats and see a piece of history imagined into one stellar performance by two stage legends.

“The power of DIPLOMACY is a reminder of the fragility of a culture that was so nearly forever lost.”
Sydney Morning Herald

CAST & CREATIVES

Cyril Gély / Writer

Julie Rose / Adaptor & Translator

John Bell & John Gaden / Performers


DIPLOMACY
By Cyril Gély
An Ensem

Dates & Times:
Friday 2 August 7:30 pm
Saturday 3 August 2:00pm & 7.30pm

Venue:
Joan Sutherland Performing Arts Centre, 597 High Street Penrith

Tickets:
Standard $60 | Concession $55 | Under 30s $30 |Seniors Matinee $30

 

 

 

For more information please visit: https://www.thejoan.com.au/events/diplomacy/

John Bell as General Deitrich von Choltitz in DIPLOMACY at Ensemble Theatre, 2018, credit Prudence Upton
John Bell and John Gaden in DIPLOMACY at Ensemble Theatre, 2018, credit Prudence Upton
John Bell and John Gaden in DIPLOMACY at Ensemble Theatre, 2018, credit Prudence Upton
John Bell and James Lugton in DIPLOMACY at Ensemble Theatre, 2018 creditPrudenceUpton
John Bell, Joseph Raggatt and John Gaden in DIPLOMACY at Ensemble Theatre, 2018, credit Prudence Upton
 
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