Novanda Productions

THe Dedication

Written by Claire Novello


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A new play about the composers Alma and Gustav Mahler.

Vienna 1902 – 1910, the time of Freud, Klimt and the birth of the Modern Movement.

Alma is twenty-one, beautiful, clever, talented and an aspiring composer.  Torn between marriage to the famous Gustav Mahler and the younger, less celebrated Zemlinsky, her teacher, and supporter of her musical ambitions, she marries Mahler knowing that as his future wife he has forbidden her to compose.

Renowned today mainly as a femme fatale, what influence does this have on her future, and on her relationship with Mahler?

This psychological drama, written by Claire Novello and directed by Kenneth Michaels, marks sixty years since Alma Mahler’s death, and still resonates today.

1-12 October at 7.30pm
Saturday Matinee at 2.30pm
White Bear Theatre
138 Kennington Park Road
London SE11 4DJ


First production, Chapel Playhouse
(Bread & Roses), London 2019

by Paddy Gormley

our cast

Rebecca Bugeja

Rebecca Bugeja

Alma Schindler-Mahler

Laura Fitzpatrick

Laura Fitzpatrick

Anna Moll/Rosa Mayreder

Stephen Riddle

Stephen Riddle

Gustav Mahler

Dawson James

Dawson James

Bruno Walter/Walter Gropius

Orsolya Nagy

Orsolya Nagy

Bertha Zuckerkandl

Simon Brandon

Simon Brandon

Alexander Zemlinsky/Gustav Klimt

Emma Riches

Emma Riches

Adele Bloch-Bauer/Anna von Mildenburg


Kenneth Michaels


Kenneth has enjoyed a long career encompassing acting, directing and teaching.  He has worked in repertory theatre throughout the UK and has directed numerous productions on the London fringe, nationally in the commercial sector (Pinter to panto, workshops to Wilde) and for new writing initiatives.  He has taught improvisation techniques and theatre history at several London drama schools and is a voiceover recording artist for government agencies.

Kenneth works regularly in Europe: Germany, Belgium and Slovenia, and appeared in Funny Turns in the West End in 2019. His recent touring productions in Germany have received several classical theatre awards.

Sharon Lovett-Lampi

Set/Costume Designer

Sam Parry


Edmund Sutton


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