The Man in the Glass Booth


The Man in the Glass Booth, by Robert Shaw who was a well-known actor and writer, is somewhat influenced by the capture and trial of Adolf Eichmann. The lead character is Arthur Goldman, a very wealthy Jewish businessmen living in Manhattan in 1965. Israeli secret service agents kidnap him and transport him to Israel, put him in a bulletproof glass booth, and prosecute him, charging that Goldman is not a Jew, but in reality a significant Nazi war criminal, guilty of horrific genocidal crimes. The play has a shocking final dramatic twist.
Format: Full-length drama
Cast Size: 18M/3F



For additional reading, see Robert Skloot, The Darkness We Carry: The Drama of the Holocaust (Madison, University of Wisconsin Press, 1988), pp. 83–87. See also, Gene A. Plunka, Revering the Nazis and Blaming the Victims: Three Enigmatic Holocaust Plays, Holocaust Studies 18, no. 1 (2012), pp. 67–73.

Original or Prominent Production: St. Martin’s Theatre, London, July 27, 1967
Original Source Material: Novel, The Man in the Glass Booth, 1967
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Original Language: English

Samuel French

Production Rights Holder:

Samuel French

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