Review by Robert F. Gross
by Georg Büchner, in a version by Howard
from a literal translation by Jane Fry
Olivier Theatre, 21 July 1982
The action of the play takes place in the spring of 1794
Length: about 2 hours 50 minutes including one interval
|Danton Deputy to the National Assembly, leader of the moderate Dantonists
||Theatre includes repertory at Birmingham (including As You Like
It which transferred to the West End), Edinburgh Festival, Nottingham
(as Brand), tour of England and India with Cambridge Theatre Company as
Macbeth, Royal Exchange Manchester in Have You Anything to Declare?
(which transferred to the Roundhouse). Royal Court: In Celebration,
Hedda Gabler, Cromwell; Queen's: Getting On; Riverside:
The Changeling. NT: Julius Caesar, Tamburlaine The Great, Emigres.
TV includes: The Master of Ballantrae, The Changeling, The Devil's
Crown, Out, Dalhousie's Luck, Bothwell, Therese Raquin. Films include:
In Celebration, Nicholas and Alexandra, The Privilege.
|Julie his wife
||Theatre includes repertory at Scarborough, Stoke, Birmingham, Liverpool,
Guildford, Harrogate. At the Royal Court: August for the People, Soldier's
Fortune, The Dragon, Marya, Uncle Vanya, Inadmissible Evidence. European
tour of The Daughter-in-Law. West End includes: Hotel
in Amsterdam, Beset by Women. TV includes: A Gift from Nessus
(Play for Today), Trouble with Gregory, Some of My Best Friends, Hedda
Gabler. Many radio broadcasts — both plays and poetry readings.
||Theatre includes repertory at Bristol Old Vic, Oxford Playhouse, Cheltenham
Everyman, Pitlochry Festival; tours of Absent Friends, Ten Times Table.
In London: The Rocky Horror Show. TV includes: Angels,
Within These Walls, Country Dance, Lillie, Something in Disguise, The Olympian
Way, Dr Who, Holding the Fort. Films: The Daughter in Law,
Escape from the Dark, The Magic Shop, Bernard Fripp.
||Theatre: repertory at Sheffield (The Promise, The Ruling Class,
Black Comedy, Bed Sitting Room, Teasdales Follies). In London:
Uproar in the House (Whitehall), Edward Bond season at Royal
Court. TV includes: Holding On, Seven Faces of Woman, Joe's Ark, The
Sweeney, General Hospital, Kids. Films: Six Carry On
films, Bless This House, Brief Encounter.
|Hérault-Sechelles Deputy of the National Assembly, friend of Danton
||Theatre includes in London: Rafferty's Chant, Forty Years On,
My Little Boy My Big Girl, Gone with the Wind, Very Good Eddie, His Monkey
Wife, An Ideal Husband. NT: A Month in the Country, Don Juan,
Much Ado About Nothing, The Prince of Homburg. TV includes:
Upstairs Downstairs, The Sweeney, Minder, Fallen Hero, Anna Karenina, Hamlet,
Sense and Sensibility. Film: If.
|Camille Desmoulins Deputy of the National Assembly, friend of Danton,
and of Robespierre, journalist opposed to policy of Committee of Public
||Theatre includes repertory at Birmingham, Traverse Edinburgh, Crucible
Sheffield. Chichester: Director of the Opera; Theatre Upstairs:
Captain Jack's Revenge; RSC: The Taming of the Shrew,
Piaf, Captain Swing, The Innocent, Men's Beano. ICA: Safe Houses.
TV includes: Mary Stuart, Blood of the Lamb, Roads to Freedom, Hadleigh,
Rob Roy, The Eagle of the Ninth, Danton's Death (as Camille),
The Sandbaggers, Last Night Another Dissident, Love in a Cold Climate,
Aliens. Films include: A Walk With Love and Death, The Voyage,
Raiders of the Lost Ark, Quartet, The Draughtsman's Contract, Black Flowers
for the Bride.
|Philippeau Deputy of the National Assembly, advocating moderate policy
in opposition to the Committee of Public Safety
||Theatre includes repertory at Theatre Royal York, Liverpool Playhouse,
Watford Playhouse, Bristol Old Vic. National tours of Gigi
and Hobson's Choice. London: Going Home, An Evening With
Mrs Da Tanka (King's Head), Mad Dog (Hampstead),
Rose (Duke of York's). RSC: Henry V, As You Like It,
The Taming of the Shrew, All's Well That Ends Well. NT: The
Merchant of Venice, Woman Killed by Kindness, Danton's Death, Rules of the
Game. TV includes: All's Well That Ends Well, Shabby Tiger,
Death or Glory, Kim, Rocky O'Rourke, Peppermint Pig, The Afterdinner Joke,
The Black Stuff, Going Back, Boy With a Transistor Radio, Country Party,
Boys From the Black Stuff.
|Simon A theatre prompter
||Theatre in London includes appearing in 30 plays at the Mermaid and
directing 18 others. NT includes: Othello, Much Ado About Nothing,
Royal Hunt of the Sun, Uncle Vanya (Old Vic), A Month in the
Country, Serjeant Musgrave's Dance, Don Juan (South Bank). RSC:
Twelfth Night. West End includes: Lock Up Your Daughters,
Blitz. Over 200 TV appearances. Films include: Young Winston,
Land That Time Forgot, Oh What a Lovely War, Julius Caesar, Poor Cow, Aces
||Theatre includes at the Royal Court: Mother's Day, The London
Cuckolds. Greenwich: An Ideal Husband. NT: Much
Ado About Nothing, Don Juan, The Prince of Homburg. TV: Upstairs
Downstairs, The Duchess of Duke Street, Malice Aforethought, Grange Hill.
Films: One of Our Dinosaurs is Missing, Full Circle, Sir Henry at
||Theatre includes in London: long association with the Royal Court, including
Edward Bond season; May Fair Theatre: Flashpoint; Riverside:
Julius Caesar, Mother Country. NT: Romans in Britain, Month
in the Country, Don Juan, Serjeant Musgrave's Dance, Much Ado About Nothing,
Prince of Homburg. TV includes: Blue Skies from Now On, The
Naked Civil Servant, Billy. Films: Land That Time Forgot, The
Mouse and the Woman, If.
||Theatre includes repertory at Welsh National Theatre, Crucible Sheffield,
Lyceum and Traverse Edinburgh, Theatre Royal Bath, Citizens' Glasgow. London:
Duchess of Malfi, Clowns (Royal Court), Someone is Still
Someone, Moby Dick (Bush), The Great Caper (ICA); tours
of Future Perfect and Real Time. TV: The
Whip Hand. Films: Yesterday's Hero, McVicar, Babylon, His Majesty's
||Theatre: repertory at Leicester, Coventry. Royal Court: Life Price,
Lear. NT: Ticket of Leave Man. Film for Children's Film
Foundation. Has worked as clown, in Punch and Judy, and in circus with Brassy
Searle's Horse Spectacular.
||Theatre includes work at Nottingham, Leatherhead, Edinburgh. Royal Court:
A Collier's Friday Night, The Widowing of Mrs Holroyd, Lear.
ICA: Stone. NT: State of Revolution, Brand, Macbeth,
The Woman, Strife, The Fruits of Enlightenment, As You Like It, Richard
III. TV includes: The Life Swappers, Dickens of London, The
Wood Demon, Atrocity. Films include: The Duellists.
||Theatre: repertory at Derby, Nottingham. Westcliff. NT: The Prince
of Homburg TV: Henry IV Part One, Going to Work, If Only, Barriers,
Jackanory Playhouse. Films: Peter Rhodes, Scum, All Quiet on
the Western Front.
||Theatre: work at Glasgow Citizens and at King's Head, NT: The
Oresteia. TV: It Ain't 'Alf Hot Mum, Billy Liar, Sovereign's
Company Films: Butley, Los Valientes. Radio: Stop
Me If You've Heard It Before.
|Robespierre Deputy of the National Assembly, leader of the Jacobin
Government and of the Committee of Public Safety, under criticism by the
||Theatre includes Twelfth Night, Revenge, The Fool, Taking Stock
(Royal Court), The Happy Apple (Apollo). German Skerries
(Bush), Rooting (Traverse). For the RSC: The Wars of
the Roses (1963, 64, 66), Hamlet, Comedy of Errors, Puntila,
The Investigation, The Thwarting of Baron Bolligrew, The Homecoming.
NT: State of Revolution, The Lady from Maxim's, As You Like It, Richard
III, Amadeus, The Romans m Britain, Hiawatha, The Shoemakers' Holiday, The
Oresteia, Guys and Dolls. Films: A Midsummer Night's Dream,
The Medusa Touch, Rollerball, The Thirty-nine Steps, The Reckoning, Inadmissible
Evidence, Stardust. Recent TV: The Life of Shakespeare, Song
of Songs, The Birds Fall Down, and the series Spy. Directed
Snapshots for the Traverse Theatre (1980 Edinburgh Festival).
||Theatre includes in London: Laughter, The Bukharin Play
(Royal Court), Julius Caesar (Riverside). NT: A Month
in the Country, Don Juan, Serjeant Musgrave's Dance, Much Ado About Nothing,
Caritas, The Prince of Homburg. TV: As You Like It, The Borgias.
Film: Flash Gordon.
||Theatre includes: Julius Caesar (Riverside); Rosencrantz
and Guildenstern (Young Vic); national tour of Godspell
(later also in the West End). Repertory at Everyman Cheltenham, Nottingham
Playhouse. TV includes: Enemy at the Door, Lillie, Accident, The Mallens,
Love in a Cold Climate, The Grudge Fight, Eden End. Film: Lady
|Citizen from Lyons
||Theatre includes work at Lincoln, Torch Theatre Milford Haven (founder
member), Donovan Maule Theatre Nairobi; tour of A Funny Thing Happened
on the Way to the Forum. NT: Hiawatha, Don Quixote.
|President of the Jacobin Club
||Theatre includes: Comedians first at Nottingham Playhouse,
then NT at the Old Vic and Wyndhams (later on TV); Flowers for Algernon
(Queens). NT: Prince of Homburg. Recent TV includes:
Brideshead Revisited, Collision Course, Prince Regent, Telford's Change,
Poldark, The Sweeney, We The Accused, The Borgias. Films include:
Orders to Kill, Guns of Darkness, Fraulein Doktor, Alfred the Great,
|Legendre Deputy of the National Assembly, friend of Danton
||Theatre includes British Council tours of Far East and Middle East;
Malvern Festival as Macbeth. In London: Snowdroppers (Hampstead),
An Empty Desk (Theatre Upstairs), Hamlet, Antony and
Cleopatra, War Music (Prospect at Old Vic). RSC: Afore Night
Come, Twelfth Night, Macbeth. NT: The Prince of Homburg.
TV includes: The Crezz, Turtle's Progress, Moody and Peg, Quiet Days
of Mrs Stafford, Lillie, Ladykillers, The Professionals. Films:
Hennessy, Die Toke Stadt, Richard's Things.
|Collot d'Herbois Deputy of the National Assembly, member of the Committee
of Public Safety under criticism by the Dantonists
||Theatre includes in London: Crete and Sergeant Pepper, Marie and
Bruce (Royal Court), Fat Harold (New End), Rashomon
(Stratford East), Light Shining in Buckinghamshire, Mad World My Masters,
Epsom Downs, Fanshen (Joint Stock), All Along the Watchtowers
(ICA), Measure for Measure (Riverside), Tom Fool
(Half Moon), Plugged into History (7:84). NT: The Crucible
(in the West End), Much Ado About Nothing. TV includes:
Plugged into History, The Roses of Eyam, Murder Must Advertise, Stronger
than the Sun, One of these Nights, Light, Autumn Sunshine, Kinvig, The White
Guard. Films: Porridge, Long Good Friday.
|Lacroix Deputy of the National Assembly, friend and associate of
||Theatre includes repertory at Belgrade Coventry, Octagon Bolton, Theatre
69 Manchester, Liverpool, Library Manchester, Bristol Old Vic, Mercury Colchester.
At the Royal Court: The Contractor (also West End), Elizabeth
I (Theatre Upstairs). RSC: Twelfth Night, Macbeth, Dingo, Troilus
and Cressida, Bingo, Schweyk in the Second World War, Antony and Cleopatra,
Captain Swing. TV includes: Seven Days in the Life of Andrew
Pelham, Coronation Street, Holly, Bedtime Stories, Russian Roulette, The
M5 Bridge Show, The Sweeney, The Gentle Touch, Minder, Troilus and Cressida.
||Theatre includes repertory at York Theatre Royal, Belgrade Coventry,
Gateway Chester, Northcott Exeter. Chichester: Cyrano, An Enemy of
the People. Regent's Park: Two Noble Kinsmen. RSC: two
seasons. In London: Roots (Shaw), Hindle Wakes
(Greenwich), co-writing and performing in Raving Beauties In The Pink
(Riverside and NT).
|Saint-Just Deputy of the National Assembly, with Robespierre a leader
of the Committee of Public Safety under criticism by the Dantonists
||Theatre includes in London: Events in an Upper Room (ICA),
Dear Daddy (Ambassadors), Pinch Me Not (Greenwich),
The Irish Hebrew Lesson (Almost Free & NT Platform),
Flying Blind, The Key Tag (Royal Court), Measure for Measure
(Riverside), James Joyce and Co (King's Head). NT: Don
Juan, Serjeant Musgrave's Dance, Much Ado About Nothing, Caritas, The Prince
||Theatre includes repertory at Bristol Old Vic, Leicester, Stoke on Trent,
Manchester and Belfast; African tour of The Merchant of Venice; Much
Ado About Nothing and Old Heads and Young Hearts (Chichester);
King Lear, (Prospect at the Old Vic). TV includes: Angels,
Knife Edge, Nelson, Sergeant Cribb, Enemy at the Door, Voyage of Charles
Darwin, Hazell, Victorian Scandals, Hard Times, Softly Softly, Crown Court,
XYY Man, Sandbaggers, Blake's Seven. Film: Prostitute.
||Theatre includes: founder member of Bruvvers, community theatre in Newcastle;
repertory includes Nottingham, Plymouth, Basingstoke, Watermill Newbury,
Crucible Sheffield, Thorndyke Leatherhead. TV includes: The Way Up
to Heaven, Shoestring, Company and Co, Maybury, Never the Twain.
|Lucille Camille Desmoulins' wife
||Theatre includes in London: The Cherry Orchard (Riverside),
A Portrait of Dora (New End). NT: A Month in the Country,
Don Juan, Much Ado About Nothing. TV: Anna Karenina, Just William,
Queen Victoria's Scandals, Wuthering Heights, Seconds Out, Tales of the
Unexpected, The Flipside of Dominick Hyde, QED, Number Ten, Another Flip
for Dominick. Films: Holocaust 2000, Someone is Killing the
Great Chefs of Europe, Eagle's Wing, Les Miserables, Death Watch, Possessions,
Hammer House of Horror.
|President of the National Assembly
|Mercier Moderate Deputy of the National Assembly, sympathiser with
the executed Girondins, in prison
|Chaumette Procurator of the Parts Commune, extremist sympathiser
with the executed Hébertists, in prison
|Thomas Paine moderate English Deputy in the National Assembly, in
|Fouquier-Tinville Public Prosecuter in charge of the case against
Dantonists on behalf of the Committee of Public Safety
|Hermann President of the Revolutionary Tribunal, the Revolutionary
Court trying the Dantonists
|Dillon English General serving with the French army and diplomat
whose conduct is under review by the Revolutionary Tribunal, in prison
||Theatre includes Royal Court: The Dumb Waiter, The Happy Haven,
Platonov, That's Us, West of Suez, The Fool, Captain Oates' Left Sock
(Theatre Upstairs). RSC: The Tempest, Julius Caesar, The Wars of the
Roses, Eh?, The Comedy of Errors, Henry IV, Henry V, The Meteor, The Thwarting
of Baron Bolligrew, Coriolanus, The Revenger's Tragedy, Romeo and Juliet,
All's Well That Ends Well, The Winter's Tale, Henry VIII, The Plebians,
The Bewitched, Sherlock Holmes (also in NY). Open Space: The
Houseboy, Anatol. NT: Tamburlaine The Great, Troilus and Cressida,
Tales from the Vienna Woods, Volpone, The Country Wife, Brand,
Double Dealer, Strife, The Fruits of Enlightenment, As You Like It, Amadeus,
Othello, Galileo, The Shoemakers' Holiday, Mayor of Zalamea, Hypochondriac,
Prince of Homburg. Films include: A Midsummer Night's Dream,
Macbeth. Over 100 TV appearances.
|La Flotte Major in the French army and diplomat whose conduct is
under review by the Revolutionary Tribunal, in prison
|Barère Member of the Committee of Public Safety which ordered the
arrest of the Dantonists
|Billaud-Varennes Member of the Committee of Public Safety which ordered
the arrest of the Dantonists
||Theatre: repertory at Lincoln, Canterbury, Bristol, Cardiff, Oxford,
Cambridge, Edinburgh, Watford, Sheffield, Glasgow, Birmingham. In London:
Edward Bond season (Royal Court), Mandrake (Criterion),
Snap (Vaudeville), Passion of Dracula (Queens),
work at Hampstead Theatre, New End, Theatre Upstairs, ICA, Bush, Young Vic.
NT: All Good Men, Tomalin Reporting (ICA). TV: Crimes
of Passion, Upstairs Downstairs, Please Sir, Thin End of the Wedge, Churchill's
People, World's End. Films: Oh What a Lovely War, Girl in My
Soup, Revenge, Killer's Moon.
|Amar Assistant to the Public Prosecuter
|Volland Assistant to the Public Prosecuter
|Clerks to the Committee of Public Safety
|Citizens, Deputies, Jacobins, Sans-culottes, Servants, Prisoners, Soldiers
||Michael Cass Jones
|Deputy Stage Manager
|Assistant Stage Managers
|Assistant to the Designer
|Assistant to the Lighting Designer
|Assistant Production Manager
||Set built and painted in NT workshops. Hydraulic floor by Mike Barnett.
Props and furniture built and painted in NT workshops. Wardrobe care by
|Production photographed by