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"Democracy" to open at Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 18 Nov 2004.

Fri 7 May 2004 "Democracy" to open at Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 18 Nov 2004. Great Britain's National Theatre production of Democracy, a new play by Michael Frayn, directed by Michael Blakemore, will open on Broadway at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on 18 Nov 2004, following previews from 2 Nov 2004. The Broadway production of Democracy reunites Michael Frayn and Michael Blakemore for the first time since Copenhagen, the 2000 Tony Award winner for Best Play and Best Director. A tale of espionage, loyalty, unexpected betrayals and the paths we choose in life, Democracy is set in West Germany in the late 1960s - a time of hope and unlimited possibilities. The play charts the astonishing career of Willy Brandt, in his brief but remarkable tenure as Germanys first liberal leader for nearly forty years. Always present but rarely noticed is G�nter Guillaume, Brandt's devoted personal assistant - and no less devoted in his other role as a double-agent, spying on Brandt for East Germanys infamous Ministry of State Security. Democracy opened to rave reviews at the National's Cottesloe Theatre in August, 2003, where it won the 2003 Evening Standard Award for Best Play, the 2003 CriticsCircle Award for Best Play, and the 2003 South Bank Award for Best Play. The production recently opened at Wyndhams Theatre on the West End, to even more ecstatic notices. Set design is by Peter J. Davison, costume design by Sue Wilmington, lighting design by Mark Henderson and sound design by Neil Alexander. Democracy will be produced on Broadway by Boyett/Ostar Productions and Nederlander Presentations, Inc. Casting for the Broadway production will be announced shortly.

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