'I can forgive an actor for any human offence but I will not forgive a man for any actor's offence.'
W. Goethe (Vilém Meister)
Mephisto (1936), the most important work of Klaus Mann, is a very open, partly autobiographical anti-fascist novel. It expresses the feeling of weakness of a generation of intellectuals to Nazi violence. The novel provoked contradictory reactions at the time not only for the dramatic description of the coming of Nazism but also for the open naming of tabooed themes of human sexuality. The main character, Henrik Hӧfgen, who lends his brilliant talent to evil is the prototype of a man that is willing to sell his 'soul' for fame and fortune. He is a great actor on stage as well as in the real life. But he is even more than just an admired comedian who, against his conviction, sells himself to a monstrous regime. He is a symbol of human vanity and ambition in general.
Czech premiere of the new dramatization on 6 February 2016 at the Grand Theatre.