Novanda Productions

THe Dedication

Written by Claire Novello


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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

our cast

Eleanor Hicks

Eleanor Hicks

Alma Schindler

Laura Fitzpatrick

Laura Fitzpatrick

Anna Moll/Rosa Mayreder

Stephen Riddle

Stephen Riddle

Gustav Mahler

Adam Fitzgerald

Adam Fitzgerald

Bruno Walter/Walter Gropius

Orsolya Nagy

Orsolya Nagy

Bertha Zuckerkandl

Mathijs Swarte

Mathijs Swarte

Alexander von Schnitzler/Gustav Klimt

Bella Nash

Bella Nash

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 recently appeared in Funny Turns in the West End. His 2019 production of Othello in Germany received a touring classical theatre award.

Sharon Lovett-Lampi

Set/Costume Designer

Terry Perkins


Jack Wills


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