Senate House Library, 13 November, 6 - 8:30 pm
Book Presentation: Richard Dove, Foreign Parts. German and Austrian Actors on the British Stage 1933 - 1960 at Senate House Library
About the Event
Introduced by Robert Gillett, Reader in German and Comparative Cultural Studies at Queen Mary University London, the book’s author Richard Dove will draw attention to the careers of three German speaking actors on the British stage during the years 1939 to 1945 using rare footage.
The event will be followed by drinks.
About the Book:
How English was the English theatre in wartime and post-war Britain? Foreign Parts tells the unique story of five German-speaking actors who, after fleeing Nazi Germany, made the transition to the English stage during World War II. One of them, Frederick Valk toured Britain with the Old Vic, playing both Shylock and Othello to great acclaim. Others, like Gerard Heinz, Martin Miller and Lilly Kann, appeared in long-running London productions such as Rattigan’s Flarepath, Arsenic and Old Lace and Tomorrow the World. Even at a time of heightened nationalism, their distinctive style of acting won the approval of critics and the applause of audiences. Their success was also assisted by the support of British theatre personalities – from directors Alec Clunes and Tyrone Guthrie to actors Sybil Thorndike and John Gielgud.
About the Author:
Richard Dove studied Modern Languages at Oxford, before working for some years as an international Marketing Executive. He later worked as a lecturer, becoming Professor of German at the University of Greenwich. He has written various books on German-speaking exiles in Britain, including He was a German. A Biography of Ernst Toller (1990), Journey of No Return. Five German-speaking Literary Exiles in Britain (2000), Foreign Parts. German and Austrian Actors on the British stage 1933-1960 (2017) and (with Charmian Brinson), ‘Politics by other Means’: the Free German League of Culture in London (2010) and A Matter of Intelligence. MI5 and the Surveillance of anti-Nazi Refugees (2014).