Written by Claire Novello
A new play about the composers Alma and Gustav Mahler.
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?
Set in Vienna in the early 1900’s, this psychological drama written by Claire Novello and directed by Kenneth Michaels, marks the 140th anniversary of Alma Mahler’s birth, and still resonates today.
by Paddy Gormley
Anna Moll/Rosa Mayreder
Bruno Walter/Walter Gropius
Alexander von Schnitzler/Gustav Klimt
Adele Bloch-Bauer/Anna von Mildenburg
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 recently appeared in Funny Turns in the West End. His 2019 production of Othello in Germany received a touring classical theatre award.