Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Strauss and Stress; in Tune: Richard Strauss (Michael Pennington) and Pauline (Isla Blair)

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Strauss and Stress; in Tune: Richard Strauss (Michael Pennington) and Pauline (Isla Blair)

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Byline: FIONA MOUNTFORD

THEATRE Collaboration Chichester, Minerva ***

IT'S a topic so ripe with dramatic, not to mention moral, weight that it's no wonder Ronald Harwood has returned to the theme of collaboration with the Nazis time and again. He did it earlier this year with An English Tragedy. He worried at it via the figure of great conductor Wilhelm Furtwangler in Taking Sides (1995), currently in rep at Chichester, and he returns to it in this his latest work, now using composer Richard Strauss as the conduit for the debate.

"What would you have done in my shoes?" asks Strauss as the final movement of the drama crescendos impressively. It's a phrase that echoes down the decades and begs an immediate question from a slightly frustrated audience: why didn't Harwood get to this earlier? Why does the entire first half appear to be a prelude for the real heft of the piece? Naturally a scene needs to be set, and this is done elegantly by director Philip Franks. …

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