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Man to Man Comes to Wilton’s Music Hall

One of SEEN’s favourite places in London is the fabulous Wilton’s Music Hall. We hear that Wales Millennium Centre’s poignant and powerful production of Manfred Karge’s Man to Man is to come to Wilton’s Music Hall from 13th – 23rd September.

Maggie Bain in Man to Man. A Wales Millennium Centre production. Photo - Polly Thomas 042

This acclaimed one-woman play tells the life story of a woman called Ella Gericke, who lived with her husband Max until he died. Then the Nazis arrived… Based on an incredible true story, audiences witness Ella’s struggle and determination in a volatile 20th century Germany where she adopts the identity of her dead husband to survive.

Maggie Bain in Man to Man. A Wales Millennium Centre production. Photo - Polly Thomas 072

Man to Man is a striking and spellbinding modern fairy tale inspired by the traditions of German storytelling. It gives audiences an incredible insight into what life was like in 20th century Germany, including the radical changes of the Nazi’s rise to power, the Cold War and the Berlin Wall coming down.

Maggie Bain in Man to Man. A Wales Millennium Centre production. Photo - Polly Thomas 007

Renowned as one of the UK’s leading presenting houses, Wales Millennium Centre has recently embarked on producing work with the intention of taking the very best made in Wales to the world. As one of their first productions, Man to Man demonstrates the bold ambition of Wales Millennium Centre as a national home to the performing arts – to Inspire our Nation and Impress the World.

Maggie Bain in Man to Man. A Wales Millennium Centre production. Photo - Polly Thomas 024

Man to Man opened to 5 star reviews at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival in 2015. Translated by award-winning playwright, Alexandra Wood, this new version unites the talents of a multi-Olivier and Tony award-winning creative team, led by directors Bruce Guthrie (Director of RENT the Musical & The Last Mermaid) and Scott Graham (Artistic Director of Frantic Assembly and Movement Director of Olivier-winning West End/Broadway production The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-Time).

Bruce Guthrie said: “Man to Man is a series of fragmented memories that our protagonist Ella is remembering and re-living. She is a working class character with no sense of self pity: a hero in many ways who finds herself having to make life and death choices on a daily basis. I found that compelling when I first read the script. It is a familiar yet alien world. This version is about taking the audience on a sensory journey, evoking different reactions based on the series of potent memories explored.”

Maggie Bain, whose credits include Emma Rice’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream at Shakespeare’s Globe, gives a tour de force performance in this beautiful, thought-provoking production.

www.wiltons.org.uk

Wilton’s Music Hall
1 Graces Alley (pedestrian access only) 
London
E1 8JB

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Photography Polly Thomas

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