Broken Glass shatters the peace in Wheathampstead

PUBLISHED: 21:09 12 October 2011

Wheathampstead Dramatic Society present Broken Glass

Wheathampstead Dramatic Society present Broken Glass


FOLLOWING a run of highly-successful comedies, Wheathampstead Dramatic Society members return to high drama for their next production.

Broken Glass plays at The Memorial Hall in Marford Road, Wheathampstead, from Thursday to Saturday, October 15, with performances at 8pm each night.

The play is regarded as probably the best of great American playwright Arthur Miller’s later works and was a huge success when it was first performed at The National Theatre in 1994, and again at its recent run in the West End.

Set in Brooklyn in 1938, it focuses on tensions and conflicts in the marriage of Jewish couple Sylvia and Phillip Gellburg and how they are affected by their identities as Jews in the USA at a time when the horrors of events in Germany, and in particular, Kristallnacht, are making themselves felt on the other side of the Atlantic.

Sylvia is stricken by mysterious paralysis in her legs for which there seems to be physical cause.

As her doctor tries to delve deeper into her life to find a cause, he discovers more and more of the troubles that may be contributing: her Jewishness and the events in Germany – but most of all in her dysfunctional marriage to Phillip, a man seemingly desperate to deny his Jewish identity and also his other, more personal inadequacies.

The play’s director, Malcolm Hobbs, said: “The cast are working hard on their New York accents and are relishing the chance to get to grips once more with such a powerful and emotionally charged drama.”

Tickets, priced £8, can be reserved by phone on 01582 834669, or online at – click on link above right.

Tickets can also be bought at Manor Pharmacy in Harpenden and Wheathampstead, or on the door.

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