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Closed August 30, 2009

A gripping reminder of just how fragile our freedom, artistic or otherwise, can be.

Dominic Maxwell, The Times

Why See Collaboration?


This question is at the heart of both Collaboration and Taking Chances, two meaty dramas which make up Ronald Harwood's critically acclaimed double bill. Scrutinizing art and artists in politics, the plays probe audiences to consider the moral choices made by the protagonists and weigh up the responsibilities of the individual in totalitarian regimes. Collaboration ignites debate about participation and association and betrayal, whilst remaining highly entertaining and searing, intriguing theatre.

In both Collaboration and Taking Sides, Michael Pennington plays the protagonist, providing a curious and subtle link between the two dramas. Collaboration, which is more of a domestic play than Taking Sides, Pennington plays composer Richard Strauss, while the David Horovitch plays the Jewish writer Stefan Zweig.


It's 1931, Germany, and aged composer Richard Strauss is working on an opera with Stefan Zweig, an Austrian writer and Strauss' long-term artistic partner. Strauss is rejuvenated as he feels his creative energies reignited. However, his joy soon sours and the optimism of the collaboration quickly fades. Zweig is Jewish and times are changing. The Nazi movement is gaining momentum and the authorities are beginning to pressurize Strauss's collaboration with a Jew. Strauss struggles with agonizing personal and moral decisions as making art in Germany becomes rapidly constrained.

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Previews from: 22 May 2009

Opening night: 28 May 2009


Collaboration is suitable for audiences aged 14 and upwards

Run time

Not announced

Cast and Creative


Isla Blair
Pip Donaghy
Martin Hutson
Melanie Jessop
Sophie Roberts
David Horovitch


Produced by Chichester Festival Theatre, Nica Burns and Max Weitzenhoffer for Nimax Theatres, and Duncan Weldon
Author, Ronald Harwood
Directed by Philip Franks
Set Design by Simon Higlett
Lighting Design by Mark Jonathan
Sound & Soundtrack by Matthew Scott
Sound Design by John Leonard


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