The Arsonists

By Max Frisch

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Sat 01 Sep 2007
in a new translation by Alistair Beaton SWITZERLAND Fires are becoming something of a problem. But Biedermann has it all under control. A respected member of the community with a loving wife and a flourishing business, surely nothing can get to him. The great philanthrope, he is happy to meet his civic duty and give shelter to two new houseguests, and when they start filling the attic with petrol drums, he'll help them wire the fuse. Frisch's parable about accommodating the very thing that will destroy you is given its first major UK revival since its Royal Court premiere in 1961, which was directed by Lindsay Anderson with Alfred Marks and John Thaw in the cast. The Arsonists, directed by Ramin Gray, is performed in repertoire with Eugene Ionesco's Rhinoceros, which is directed by Dominic Cooke, and features largely the same cast. "Beautifully performed and inexhaustibly provocative in the best possible way." WhatsOnStage.com Director Ramin Gray Designer Anthony Ward Lighting Johanna Town Sound Christopher Shutt "Ramin Gray...has ensured that Frisch feels topical and provocative." The Times Cast Zawe Ashton, Michael Begley, Paul Chahidi, Benedict Cumberbatch, Jacqueline Defferary, David Hinton, Will Keen, Munir Khairdin, Claire Prempeh, Alwynne Taylor, Graham Turner ** The Guardian "Ramin Gray's production...is a stunning renewal of possibilities in the home of new theatre writing." WhatsOnStage.com "Keen plays [Biedermann] brilliantly." The Guardian "The supporting performers are excellent." The Times "Paul Chahidi delivers a great comic turn." The Daily Mail To read an interview with Alistair Beaton in The Guardian click "+here+": blogs.guardian.co.uk/theatre/2007/11/thearsonistsstillburnsbrig.html Media partner: The Independent

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