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Democracy – Theatre Review

23 June 2012 1:12 PM, PDT | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

The Old Vic’s current revival of Michael Frayn’s Democracy could not be more perfectly timed; a play about the mistrust and deceit within a fledgling coalition government will bear more than a few contemporary similarities. Günter Guillaume is a lowly public servant who, by sheer luck, is plucked from obscurity to work in West German Chancellor Willy Brandt’s newly formed office in 1969. Guillaume is also a dedicated East German spy, and is tasked with becoming as close to Brandt as possible.

Paul Miller’s direction is assured and confident; he lets his cast stand tall as the play opens, positioned across the stage like skyscrapers, symbols of the prosperous possibilities of West Germany. Patrick Drury stands foremost as Brandt, and speaks with a confident tone of voice; Drury manages to perfectly make a speech appearing to speak to everyone whilst really looking at no one, I wonder »

- Will Pond

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