Casting announced for ‘Bent’ @National Theatre

Besi Besemar July 4, 2017

Casting announced for Bent at the National Theatre: Queer Theatre: LGBT+ Stories and Social Change – in partnership with Pride in London.


The National Theatre will mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales by staging its first Queer Theatre event series from July 6-10, 2017.

A group of world-class actors and directors will look at how theatre has charted the LGBT+ experience through a series of rehearsed readings and post-show discussions in the Lyttelton Theatre.

Stephen Daldry
Stephen Daldry

The fourth play in the NT’s Queer Theatre series of rehearsed readings is Bent by Martin Sherman (1979), directed by Stephen Daldry on Sunday, July 9, 2.30pm.

Following Nazi Germany’s Night Of The Long Knives in 1934, gay lovers Max and Rudy are taken away to Dachau by the Gestapo. Desperate to avoid the dreaded Pink Triangle, Max claims to be Jewish. In amongst the horrors of the Camp, he meets Horst who wears his Pink Triangle with pride.

The Bent cast will include:

George Mackay, Simon Russell Beale, Giles Terera, Pip Torrens, Paapa Essiedu, John Pfumojena and Adrian Grove.

The NT’s Queer Theatre event series is hosted in partnership with Pride in London and includes:

Neaptide by Sarah Daniels, directed by Sarah Frankcom, Thursday, July 6, 7.30pm
Wig Out! written and directed by Tarell Alvin McCraney, Friday, July 7, 7.30pm
Certain Young Men written and directed by Peter Gill, Saturday, July 8, 7.30pm
Bent by Martin Sherman, directed by Stephen Daldry, Sunday, July 9, 2.30pm
The Drag by Mae West, directed by Polly Stenham, Monday, July 10, 7.30pm.

Free post show talks (40 mins) will follow each reading exploring the issues in the plays and in a wider context for the LGBT+ communities.

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