Democracy Announces Last Weeks, No Closing Date Chosen

Written by Maya Cantu

Although a closing date for Michael Frayn's Democracy has yet to be announced, the play's run is set to end within the next few weeks.

The once-thriving box office for the political drama has dropped off; last week, it pulled in $172,945 at 39.54% capacity. However, the production is booking through June 12th.

Set in 1969 West Germany, the play stars James Naughton as Chancellor Willy Brandt and Richard Thomas as his duplicitous assistant, Gunter Guillaume. Democracy focuses on issues of espionage and political freedom. In his New York Times review, Ben Brantley hailed the work as "one of those rare dramas that don't just dare to think big but that fully translate their high aspirations to the stage, with sharp style and thrilling clarity."

The production, directed by Michael Blakemore, played in the West End before opening at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre on November 3rd, 2004. Michael Cumpsty, Robert Prosky, Terry Beaver, John Dossett, Julian Gamble, John Christopher Jones, Richard D. Masur and Lee Wilkof compose the supporting cast.

Frayn is renowned for his versatility as a playwright and novelist. Broadway credits include the farcical Noises Off (which was revived in 2001), Benefactors, Wild Honey and another play that examined a politically-charged relationship--Copenhagen. The latter won the 2000 Tony for Best Play.

Blakemore, who also directed Copenhagen, has extensive Broadway and West End credits. His Broadway ones include the original 1968 production of A Day in the Death of Joe Egg, Players, Benefactors, City of Angels, Lettice and Lovage, The Life and the 1999 revival of Kiss Me, Kate.

Tickets for Democracy can be ordered through or at the Brooks Atkinson Theatre box office at 256 W. 47th St.

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