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Berlin, translated by Alistair Beaton

Alone in Berlin

Produced by
York Theatre Royal and Derngate Northampton in association with Oxford Playhouse

By Hans Fallada
Adapted by Alistair Beaton
Directed by James Dacre

Royal & Derngate Theatre
19-21 Guildhall Road
Box Office: 01604 624811
Tickets HERE

8th February - 29th February


York Theare Royal
St. Leonard's Place, York, YO1 7HD
Box Office: 01904 623568
Tickets HERE

3rd March - 21st March


Oxford Playhouse
Beaumont Street, Oxford, UK, OX1 2LW
Box Office: 01865 305305
Tickets HERE

24th March - 28th March













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Hans Fallada's international bestselling novel ALONE IN BERLIN will be adapted for the stage.

Co-produced by Northampton's Royal and Derngate and York Theatre Royal in association with Oxford Playhouse, the show will have its world premiere in Northampton in February 2020.

Fallada's novel is set in 1940, following a couple who try and object to Hitler's rule during the war and end up being hunted by the Gestapo. It was initially written in 1947 as one of the first anti-Nazi novels to be produced after the war. The stage version is translated and adapted from the original novel by Alistair Beaton and will be directed by Royal and Derngate’s artistic director James Dacre. 


Following an acclaimed, sold-out run at Chichester Festival Theatre, FRACKED! OR: PLEASE DON’T USE THE F-WORD embarked on a UK tour in 2017. You can read what the critics said HERE.

The German version of FRACKED! OR: PLEASE DON’T USE THE F-WORD, ABGEFRACKT! is currently running at the Staatstheater Nürnberg, Germany to great reviews. (see left) and in Stuttgart. 

" Fracking good entertainment…..  A darkly comic treat.”


Alistair Beaton's play, FRACKED! OR: PLEASE DON'T USE THE F-WORD, completed a successful run at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester in July and August 2016.

The world premiere of Alistair Beaton’s play, 'CALEDONIA', was staged at Edinburgh International Festival (2010).  It was a co-production between the EIF and the National Theatre of Scotland.

Alistair Beaton’s satirical comedy KING OF HEARTS was seen at London’s Hampstead Theatre in 2007, directed by Max Stafford-Clark and Ramin Gray. It opens in a new German production in Berlin in November 2009.

Alistair Beaton is the author of the hit West End play FEELGOOD, which won the Evening Standard Best Comedy Award in 2001 and has since been seen in America, Canada, Germany, Denmark, Austria, Portugal, Estonia, Finland and Hungary. In 2004 he wrote the anti-war satire FOLLOW MY LEADER (Birmingham Rep & Hampstead Theatre). With Ned Sherrin he co-wrote THE RATEPAYERS’ IOLANTHE and THE METROPOLITAN MIKADO, as well as the musical SMALL EXPECTATIONS.

In 2007 his translation of THE ARSONISTS by Max Frisch ran at the Royal Court Theatre. His new English version of THE GOVERNMENT INSPECTOR by Nikolai Gogol was first staged at Chichester festival Theatre, directed by Martin Duncan. In Spring 2008 it ran at the American Conservatory Theatre in San Francisco.

He has also created new English versions of DIE FLEDERMAUS and La vie Parisienne.

Alistair Beaton has been commissioned to translate and adapt for the stage an internationally best-selling novel.



The Caucasian Chalk Circle |

Alistair Beaton's translation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle opened at Edinburgh's Lyceum Theatre in 2015 to FIVE STARSFIVE STARSFIVE STARSFIVE STARSFIVE STARS reviews.

The Caucasian Chalk Circle | photo credit: Kieth Pattison

Alistair Beaton's translation of The Caucasian Chalk Circle premiered at the West Yorkshire Playhouse in 2009. The play toured until the end of the year.


König der Herzen

The recent production of König der Herzen (King of Hearts), which toured Germany, gathered great reviews.

"Es ist erstaunlich, wie viele brisante Themen in einer Handlung zu unterbringen sind… Das Publikum applaudierte amüsiert und lange.

“It’s astonishing how much explosive subject matter can be combined in one production… The audience applauded loud and long.” - Holsteinscher Courier.

“Erinnert an einen andern Meister der Satire, an Bernard Shaw… Ein bemerkenswerter Theaterabend, mit sehr pointierten Rededuellen undter der fliessigen Regie von Johannes Pfeiffer”.

“Reminiscent of another master of satire, Bernard Shaw….. A remarkable evening in the theatre, with much verbal dexterity, all under the fluent direction of Johannes Pfeiffer”. – BIO&mehr

“Eine satirische Komödie mit Tiefgang, die den Zuschauern einige Denkanstösse mit auf dem Heimweg gab”.

“A satirical comedy with depth, which sent the audience home with a few things to think about.” - Weser Kurier

“Was anfangs wie ein Boulevardstück daherkommt, entwickelt sich mit der Zeit zu einer bösen Satire über Macht, Moral und Migration.”

“What starts off as a light comedy gradually develops into a biting satire on power, morality and immigration.”
-   Bietigheimer Zeitung.