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2 May 2014
Amsterdam premiere new play about Anne Frank

On Thursday 8 May, the play ‘Anne’ will have its premiere in a new theatre in Amsterdam, that was especially build for the production. The play is about the life of Anne Frank, the Jewish girl that had to go into hiding for two years in Amsterdam for the German occupiers in the Second World War. The new play ‘Anne’  is only the second play that is officially based on the famous dairy. The producers are very mysterious about the décor. It seems something special has been created.


The play is about the life of Anne Frank, the Jewish girl that had to go into hiding for two years in Amsterdam for the German occupiers in the Second World War with her family. On her 13th birthday the now famous Jewish girl started with her dairy. Only three years later Anne Frank died in the concentration camp Bergen-Belsen.

 

The new theatre is built on the south side of the old harbour of Amsterdam. The spectators will be transported to the theatre by boat from the central station. The production and the production company are financed by the English Lloyds Development Capital. The production needs to be sold out for a year to recover the costs. After that Anne will also be on stage in other countries.

 

The producers are very mysterious about the décor. It seems something special has been created, probably to be compared with the spectacular rotating stage from the successful musical ‘The soldier of Orange’, but nobody knows exactly. Very strict restrictions will apply concerning the prohibition to take photos or video’s during the play.

 

In 1955 the first and only play about Anne Frank that got the full permission from Anne Frank’s father Otto Frank was performed. The new play ‘Anne’  is only the second play that is officially based on the famous dairy. The Anne Frank Fund in Basel, Switzerland, asked the Jewish Dutch play writers couple Jessica Durlacher and Leon de Winter to write a new play. The fund was erected by Otto Frank and owns the copyrights of the diary, but is not directly related to the Anne Frank Foundation that runs the museum in Amsterdam. Over the last years the fund and the foundation have been quarrelling about the explanation of the ideas of Otto Frank and the who has the rights of the inheritance.

 

The Anne Frank diary has been published in 67 countries and since it was 1947 more than 30 million copies of the diary have been sold. The Dutch King will also attend the premiere. Over a million people visit the Anne Frank Museum in Amsterdam every year resulting in extremely long queues.

 

Over the last four seasons a documentary is made about the people waiting in line to visit the famous museum on the Prinsengracht. A selection of visitors from Kurdistan and Tibet, an even an old woman who arrived with Anne Frank in Bergen-Belsen but survived are interviewed. Girls from all over the world and at the age Anne Frank had when she died, read aloud from the diary.

 

Source Volkskrant

 

Link: ANNE, Theatre Amsterdam

 




 

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