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October 11, 2016

A Nightmare Odyssey: Spotlight on BENT

A black and white production photo of BENT.


Martin Sherman

The Story
This show tells the truth about the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany. It centers around two soldiers, Max, and his lover, Rudy. Bent tells the story of these two men fleeing from the hate and secretly living their lives. As Max and Rudy run from the truth of their fate, they cling on the hope of survival.

Drama, Docudrama/Historic

Full Length, two hours

11m, all male. Strong role for leading man.

First Production
Royal Court Theatre in London, England, on May 3, 1979. Directed by Robert Chetwyn.

Nominee for 1980 Tony Award for Best Play. Named amount the “10 most influential postwar British plays” by Guardian UK.

 What They’re Saying
“Powerful and provocative.” – The New York Times
“Brilliant…an explosive, overpowering experience.” –Women’s Wear Daily

More by Martin Sherman
A Madhouse in Goa, Rose, A Table for a King, and When She Danced.

To purchase a copy of Bent, click here, and to learn more about licensing a production, click here.