Steven Pacey in Democracy

Conleth Hill and Steven Pacey in Democracy Steven Pacey in rehearsal for Democracy
Photos by Ivan Kyncl

Steven has a supporting role in a new play by Michael Frayn called Democracy. It's by the author of Copenhagen. Steven will be with the show through March. The play will also have a run in the West End and maybe on Broadway. Steven is leaving the show before it transfers to the West End. The Broadway producers reportedly want to use an American cast. (Alas!)

             Previews from 30 Aug 03

Performers: Roger Allam as Willy Brandt and Conleth Hill as Gunter Guillaume. The cast also includes Nicholas Blane, Jonathan Coy, Christopher Ettridge, Paul Gregory, Glyn Grain, Steven Pacey, David Ryall.

Synopsis: West Germany, 1969. Willy Brandt begins his brief but remarkable career as the first left-of-centre Chancellor for nearly forty years. Always present but rarely noticed is Gunter Guillaume, Brandt's devoted personal assistant - and no less devoted in his other role, spying on Brandt for the Stasi.
Opens 9 Sep 03
Booking to 4 Oct 03

Box Office Price UK Pounds: 10 - 25
Box Office Telephone Fee!

Cottesloe, National Theatre
Royal National Theatre, South bank , SE1 9PX
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It moves houses at the National, to the Lyttelton, for a second run from 8 March to 30 March 2004.
Royal National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX.
Box Office for both: 020 7452 3000.

Steven is leaving the production before it goes to the Wyndham Theatre, but I'm leaving the info here. Charing Cross Road. West End. Greather London. WC2H 0DA. 020 7369 1736. Train: Leceister Square. Previews begin 15 April. Opens 20 April. (No closing date at this time.)


Democracy won the Evening Standard award (Gong) for best new drama. From the Guardian (Nov. 25, 2003):

             After new director Nicholas Hytner's dazzling first year, National shows were nominated in almost every category in the Evening Standard drama awards. Gongs included the best musical prize to Jerry Springer: The Opera, and best play to Michael Frayn's Democracy: both shows have transferred and seem set for long West End runs.

Democracy received an Olivier nomination for Best Play. Roger Allam received a nomination for Best Actor.