The Art House presents
6 Aug - 7 Aug 2019 Showing at The Art House Theatre
An unmissable production starring theatre legends John Bell and John Gaden.
In 1944 at the Hôtel Meurice, Swedish diplomat Raoul Nordling and German General Dietrich von Choltitz meet in a life and death situation for the city of Paris. On abandoning Paris, Hitler has ordered its destruction. Raoul has one night to persuade the General to leave the landmark city standing. The many twists and turns of their negotiations play out in this edge-of-your-seat thriller.
“This perfectly formed play and its players is the stuff that theatres are built for. The risk, the tension, the danger and doubt and the unravelling of our conscience.” Sydney Scoop
“It’s not often that such a stimulating and well-crafted play comes along.” Sydney Arts Guide
Produced by Ensemble Theatre
By Cyril Gély | Translated and Adapted by Julie Rose
“Gaden is nimble as the witty, wily, urbane Nordling, drawing humour and humanity from the unorthodox consul…The power of Diplomacy is a reminder of the fragility of a culture that was so nearly forever lost.” The Sydney Morning Herald
“Watch two veterans of the Australian Theatre, John Bell and John Gaden, duelling in character with a smooth and well-honed confidence and chemistry, fitting each other's character contrasting rhythms and musicalities with expert precision and respectful energies” Kevin Jackson’s Theatre Diary