Plays Directory : A Patriot For Me

The information below is intended to give you a brief guide to the show and highlight some of the other The Mandy Network members who have also been involved in this show.

  • Author
    John Osborne
  • Written
    1965
  • Overview
    a 1965 play by the English playwright John Osborne, based on the true story of Alfred Redl. It was notable for being denied a licence for performance by the censor of the time.

    The play depicts Redl, a Jewish homosexual in the Austro-Hungarian intelligence service in the 1890s, as he is blackmailed by the Russians into a series of treasonous betrayals. Its dramatic climax, and the scene that most excited the censor, is the Drag Ball, in which members of the upper echelons of Viennese society appear in drag. Mary McCarthy, the American novelist, wrote in The Observer that the play's "chief merit is to provide work for a number of homosexual actors, or normal actors who can pass as homosexual". A Patriot for Me remains rarely performed because of the large cast required.

    When the Royal Court Theatre produced A Patriot For Me in 1965, it was forced to change from a public theatre to a private members' club. The play was deemed too sexually transgressive by the Lord Chamberlain's Office, and denied a licence for performance. The Royal Court suffered a considerable financial loss because of this denial.

    The play was an influence on the later film Colonel Redl.

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7 known characters


Connected mandy members:

Christopher Peacock
2009, Steinbauer
Player's Theatre, Villiers Street, London
Stephen Schreiber
2008, General von Hötzendorf
New Players Theatre
Jamie Chrispin
2008, Lieutenant Stefan Kovacs
New Players Theatre
Mark Menelik
Mark Menelik
Actor
2008, Adjutant
The Actors Company
Marek Davies
Marek Davies
Actor
2008, Von Taussig
The New Players Theatre
John Sears
John Sears
Actor
2008, Baron Von Epp
New Players Theatre
Michael Gower
2008, Judge Advocate Jaroslav Kunz
The New Players Theatre
David Castleford
2008, Mischa
New Players Theatre
Brendan Weakliam
2008, Ludwig Max von Kupfer
New Players Theatre, London
John Joannou
John Joannou
Actor
2008, Albrecht
The New Players Theatre, London
Stephen Moriaty
2008, Dr Schoepfer
New Players Theatre, London
Jonathan Gabb
2008, Paul, Victor
New Players Theatre
Stephen Riddle
1984, Stanitsin
Theatre Royal, Haymarket
Andrew Wickes
1984, Judge Advocate Jaroslav Kunz