The Last Day of Mankind by Karl Kraus

Bristol Old Vic Theatre School (2nd yr.& 3 yr. Acting)

Toby Hulse & John Retallack

Performances take place at the Bristol Old Vic, BS1 4ED

A co-production with Bristol Old Vic

The English premiere of Kraus’ powerful satire The Last Days of Mankind, the “submerged masterpiece” of 20th century theatre, in a co-production between the graduating acting and technical students of Bristol Old Vic Theatre School and a creative team from Bristol Old Vic, led by Toby Hulse and John Retallack.

Written in Vienna during the years of the First World War, the play, over 800 pages long and requiring a cast of 500 in its original form, is an extraordinary collage of overheard conversations, incomplete fragments from newspaper columns, quoted speeches and stolen letters, all threaded through with Kraus’ furious, biting comic vision.

This brand new version of Kraus’ apocalyptic satire is terrifying, damning and caustically funny – as much a warning to our future as a condemnation of our past.

Booking Information Details

The last performance of this production was on 29 June 2013.

There are no further scheduled performances.

Cast Members

Willi AARON ANTHONY
Weber MARTIN BASSINDALE
Alice LAURA DALE
Leisl LINDSAY DUKES
General ALEC FELLOWS-BENNETT
Bruno ADAM COLLIER
Marie JENNIFER CLEMENT
Fritz CHARLIE HASKINS
General Friedrich BILLY HOWLE
Moriz Benedikt TODD JAMES
Frau Schmidt ROISIN KELLY
Lt. Pokorny JAMES KENINGALE
Frau Braun HANNAH LEE
Theresa Fischer NINA LOGUE
Karl Kraus CHRISTOPHER MCKAY
Elfriede Ritter ABIGAIL MOORE
Rudolf Skolnik JAMIE NOAR
Karl ROBBIE O'NEILL
Lt. Povolny ZACHARY POWELL
Frau Jonas JOSEPHINE RATTIGAN
Anna BEBE SANDERS
Simple Soldier DARREN SEED
Lt. Novotny GARETH TEMPEST
Baroness Sidonie Nadherny JULIET FOX
Sabine Gruber DANIELLE WINTER
Sister Evangelina ANGELINA WOODS