A thrilling and moving tale of espionage, loyalty, unexpected betrayals and the paths we choose in life.

Michael Frayn’s political thriller is based on the true story of Willy Brandt, a German chancellor who was destroyed by an East German spy who infiltrated his office by acting as his secretary.

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  • Playwright
    Michael Frayn
  • Director
    Michael Blakemore
  • Scenic Design
    Peter J. Davison
  • Costume Design
    Sue Wilmington
  • Lighting Design
    Mark Henderson
  • Sound Design
    Neil Alexander
  • Associate Director
    Jenny Eastop
  • Associate Costume Designer
    Scott Traugott
  • Associate Lighting Designer
    Daniel L. Walker
  • Associate Sound Designer
    Christopher Cronin
  • Assistant Costume Designer
    Philip Heckman
  • Production Stage Manager
    David Hyslop


  • Willy Brandt
    James Naughton
  • Günter Guillaume
    Richard Thomas
  • Arno Kretschmann
    Michael Cumpsty
  • Herbert Wehner
    Robert Prosky
  • Reinhard Wilke
    Terry Beaver
  • Helmut Schmidt
    John Dossett
  • Ulrich Bauhaus
    Julian Gamble
  • Hans-Dietrich Genscher
    John Christopher Jones
  • Horst Ehmke
    Richard D. Masur
  • Woman's Voice
    Michele Pawk
  • Horst Ehmke (Standby)/Arno Kretschmann (Standby)

  • Helmut Schmidt (Standby)/Willy Brandt (Standby)
    Ray Virta

Show Information

  • Preview Date
    November 1, 2004
  • Opening Date
    November 16, 2004
  • Closing Date
    April 15, 2005
  • Location
    Brooks Atkinson Theatre
    256 West 47th Street
    New York, New York
  • Drama Desk Award
    Best Play (Nominee)
  • Outer Critics Circle Award
    Outstanding New Broadway Play (Nominee)
  • Tony Award®
    Outstanding Play (Nominee)


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