The play “Bent”

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Bent

The original play book cover | Amazon | 14051

The play “Bent” by Martin Sherman was first performed on May 3, 1979 and explores the persecution of gays in Nazi Germany. The play is set during and after the Night of the Long Knives.

Sir Ian McKellen as Max in the original production | Sir Ian McKellen | 14052

Max is gay and sent to Dachau concentration camp under the Nazi regime. He denies he is gay and gets the Jews’ yellow label instead of the pink one given to gays. In camp he falls in love with his fellow prisoner Horst, who wears his pink triangle with pride.

Very little was known about the treatment of homosexuals during Germany’s Nazi period, and the play helped to stimulate interest and research into gay history.


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