Von Ribbentrop's Watch
By Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran
"Why is this night different to all other nights?" The Haggadah, the Passover Night prayer book
The credit crunch hasn't done Gerald Roth any favours. He's the proprietor of Grapes of Roth, an up-market wine merchant in a downmarket neighbourhood, and his business is dying faster than he can say Maximin Grunhauser Abtsberg Kabinett 2008. Then fate throws Gerald a lifeline. He discovers that his old watch, left to him by his father, is surprisingly valuable. If he sold it in auction his money troubles could be over. Unfortunately, the reason his watch is so collectable is that it was once owned by Hitler's Foreign Minister, Joachim von Ribbentrop, whose initials are engraved inside the case, alongside the sweetest little Swastika.
Gerald's secret dilemma emerges over his family's Passover dinner, but it turns out that he isn't the only Roth with something to hide.
Olivier Award nominees Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran's previous works includes the much loved comedies Birds of a Feather and The New Statesman and the long-running TV drama series Love Hurts and Shine on Harvey Moon.
Age Recommendation: 12+
OP is producing the world premiere of this tremendous play, before taking it on tour across the country. Having admired the work of Laurence Marks and Maurice Gran for many years, it's a treat to be able to produce this new drama with them.
Venue: Main Stage | Category: Drama | Running Time: : 2hrs 10min