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The Deluge - New End Theatre

Preview by Lizzie Guilfoyle

THE Deluge, a gothic masquerade by Robert Wynne-Simmons based on Karen Blixen’s Seven Gothic Tales, runs from Tuesday, September 11 to Saturday, September 29, 2007, at Hampstead’s New End Theatre.

The Deluge is about four Danish aristocrats, trapped during a flood in 19th century Denmark, who embark on a storytelling masquerade in which they unearth disturbing secrets and live through an entire lifetime in a single night.

Wynne-Simmons directs a cast that includes Frank Grimes, Nigel Mattison, Madeleine Munzer and Clare Welch.

The Deluge is set in the period of the Gothic Revival which produced Frankenstein, Dr Jekyll and Mr Hyde and Dracula, an age that, in the words of Blixen, “took delight in ruins, ghosts and lunatics.”

She wrote her Gothic Tales a hundred years later, under the shadow of growing fascism in neighbouring Germany. But soon, she had to spin her tales to the SS and use all her wit to save lives, her own among them, while Jews were shipped across to neutral Sweden from her seaside farmhouse in Denmark.

Blixen’s other works include Out of Africa and Babette’s Feast (as Isak Dinesen).

Tickets: £19, £15 concessions.

For more information call the box office on 0870 033 2733 or visit the website.

See both The Deluge and Kurtz for £25, £20 concessions.
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