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Bent (1979)

Bent  is a 1979 play by Martin Sherman. It revolves around the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany, and takes place during and after the Night of the Long Knives. The play runs for 2 hours.

The play starred Ian McKellen in its original 1979 West-End production, and Richard Gere in its original 1980 Broadway production. In 1989, Sean Mathias directed a revival of the play, performed as a one-night benefit for Stonewall, featuring Ian McKellen, Richard E Grant, Ian Charleson, and Ralph Fiennes.

The title of the play refers to the slang word “bent” used in some European countries to refer to homosexuals. When the play was first performed, there was only a trickle of historical research or even awareness about the Nazi persecution of homosexuals. In some regards, the play helped increase that historical research and education in the 1980s and 1990s.

Cast: Richard Gere, David Marshall Grant, James Remar, Kai Wulff, Philip Kraus, Michael Gross, Bryan E Clark, John Snyder, David Dukes, Ron Randell

Playbill / Program Dated Nov 1979
New Apollo Theatre
Run- Dec 02, 1979 Jun 28,1980 
Condition: Used Fair/Good 7 out 10 (slight tear at staples)

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