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Everyman for himself at the National Theatre

Published: Thursday 7th of August 2008

Theatre fans have only until the end of the month to catch a performance of the new play by Michael Frayn, Afterlife, at the National Theatre in London.

Afterlife portrays the life of the great theatre impresario Max Rheinhardt who famously directed the play Everyman every year at the Salzburg Festival.

In Everyman, God sends Death to summon a representative of mankind to be judged.

Afterlife follows the trial and tribulations faced by Rheinhardt, a Jew, after Hitler invades Austria in 1938.

Rheinhardt himself is played by actor Roger Allam, who was last seen in the run of Frayn's Democracy, which also showed at the National Theatre.

Mr Frayn's other productions include Copenhagen and Noises Off.

A review in the Times newspaper said: "Frayn's erudition sparkes and there's a buoyant sense of fun in Blakemore's production to match its braininess."

London Pass holders can receive free entry to the National Theatre Backstage Tours.

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