Five- and four-star reviews are in for “certain and sure-fire hit” Different From the Others … but there’s only a fortnight left to see this world premiere play, which must finish on 16 November 2019 at London’s White Bear Theatre. We’ve rounded up a selection of our favourite review highlights. Time to get booking – and fast!
During the brief period of liberalism in Weimar Berlin in 1919, famous sexologist Dr Magnus Hirschfeld becomes concerned with the increase in male suicide and decides to make a film to educate young gay men. He hires director Richard Oswald who casts Conrad Veidt, Anita Berber and Reinhold Schunzel.
A century since the release of the resulting film Anders als die Andern, Claudio Macor‘s Different From the Others explores the story behind the making of the film and its aftermath, including the ultimate betrayal: the Nazis tried to destroy all prints of the film… but one survived.
The premiere production, directed by Jenny Eastop, stars Jeremy Booth, Christopher Sherwood, Jordan Alexander, Benjamin Garrison, Beth Eyre and Simon Stallard.
Stephen Vowles: “Claudio Macor has done it again and scored a certain and sure-fire hit with his monumental play inspired by a silent black-and-white, pro-gay film made in Germany around 1919… Glorious in the extreme with a cast of actors that completely dazzle and shine.”
Paul Joyce: “An astonishing story told with fierce sincerity and economy with a super cast who succeed in convincing as film stars and as elements of the most human of stories.”
Phil Willmott: “Jenny Eastop’s production is stark and unfussy… An engaging [story], sincerely executed, that shines a spotlight on a fascinating, often forgotten, corner of LGBT history.”
Chris Omaweng: “The play provides access to the development as well as the casting process, a full (if imagined) behind the scenes look at this motion picture… Thoughtful and well executed.”
London Pub Theatres – ★★★★
Rachel Overd: “This play is an exploration of sexuality, identity, and forbidden love. It touches your heart and inspires… Wonderful cast throughout… A must-see production.”
Darren Ross: “Different From The Others gleefully kicks us off our moral high ground… this is an engaging, thoroughly entertaining play about an important, compelling subject.”
Stephanie Ressort: “Beth Eyre as the damaged and doomed Anita Berber that shines. She is magnificent as this larger than life character. She lights up the stage whenever she is on it.
Different From the Others runs from 29 October to 16 November 2019 at the White Bear Theatre, 138 Kennington Park Rd, Kennington, London SE11 4DJ, with performances Tuesdays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, Sundays at 4pm. Tickets are priced £12-16. CLICK HERE TO PURCHASE!