Taking Sides

Author(s): Ronald Harwood
Taking Sides is set in the U.S. section of occupied Berlin in 1946. The play depicts the interrogation of Wilhelm Furtwängler, one of Germany’s leading conductors and composers during the Nazi era. While Furtwängler stayed, many of his colleagues fled the Third Reich. Based on the conductor’s diaries of the interrogations, the play focuses on Major Steve Arnold’s questioning of Furtwängler and asks whether by staying he was a Nazi sympathizer and whether the Allied investigation of his motives was appropriate.
Format: Drama
Cast Size:4M/2F
Notes:

Sir Ronald Harwood is an Academy Award winning playwright and screenwriter. Born in Cape Town, South Africa, he moved to London in 1951 and among many other accolades was awarded a CBE (Order of the British Empire) in 1999.

Snapshot

Original or Prominent Production:
Minerva Theatre, Chichester 1995
Nationality of Author: South African
Original Language: English
Publisher:

Faber & Faber

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