Based on Miller's own moving screenplay of the Fania Fenellon story starring Vanessa Redgrave, Playing for Time
brings to the stage the harrowing story of a group of Jewish female musicians, imprisoned in Auschwitz. The Commandant of the Camp enjoys classical music, and forces the women to literally 'play for their lives' - as long as the orchestra please him, they avoid the gas chamber.Performers Kate Adams (Helene), Noa Bodner (Esther), Pacale Burgess (Elzvieta), Imogen Daines (Etalina), Emma Darlow (Liesl), Holly De Jong (Schmidt), James Duke (Mengele/Kapo/Cellist/Paul), Amanda Hadingue (Alma Rose), Melanie Heslop (Marianne), Rebecca Jenkins (Varya), Kate Lynn-Evans (Mandel), Maeve O'Sullivan (Greta/Olga), Sian Phillips (Fania), Danny Scheinmann (Schmuel/Captain Heinz/Second Chess Player/First Trooper), Augustina Seymour (Paulette/Music Captain), Christopher Staines (Commandant Kramer/1st Chess Player/SS Guard/Kapo/Pianist), Alexia Traverse-Healy (Mala/Tchaikowska).
Author Arthur Miller. Producer Sheffield Theatres. Director Richard Beecham. Design Ti Green. Lighting Richard Howell. Sound Sam Kenyon. Musical Director Sam Kenyon. Director Lucy Hind (movement). Director Ruth Cooper-Brown (fight). Director Rachel Cristi Bown-Williams (fight). Director Ginny Schiller (casting).