Dresden poster


Written by Justin Fleming

Directed by Robert Laycock

How could I have known that you would come?

European Premiere. In 1838, poverty-stricken and on the run from creditors, Richard Wagner writes his first successful opera, Rienzi, which is performed at the Dresden Opera House in October 1842. In 1907, a 19-year-old Adolf Hitler watches a performance of Rienzi, which becomes a powerful obsession for the young, serious Austrian. When Adolf’s fleeting attempts at opera fail dismally, he embarks on a new venture – to “save the German people” through political action. How do two men derive inspiration from the same source – one, which leads to an extraordinary act of creation - the other, a murderous act of destruction?


Alice Bailey Johnson, David Burt, Emma Byrne, Dave Fishley, Imogen Smith and Christopher Williams


Production Manager is Matt Tarbuck, Designer is Amy Watts, Lighting Designer is Ben Jacobs, Stage Manager is Gareth McLeod and the Producer is Daniel Souter.


Tue 22 Oct – Sat 9 Nov. Tue-Sat 7.45pm and Thurs & Sat 2.45pm matinees.



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