March sees the 70th anniversary of the death of Anne Frank, and to commemorate her life Belper Players are performing the play based on her diary.
The production can be seen from March 18-21 at The Strutts Centre, Belper.
Anne received her diary as a present for her 13th birthday. It chronicles the life of a teenage girl, against the background of the family living in hiding from the Nazis, and stops abruptly in August 1944, when the family were betrayed, arrested and sent to labour and then concentration camps.
She died at the age of 15 at Bergen-Belsen concentration camp, just weeks before the liberation of the camp by British troops on April 15 1945. After the war, her father Otto, who survived Auschwitz and was the only member of the family still alive, worked to publish her diary to fulfil his daughter’s dream of becoming a writer and journalist.
Despite the awfulness of their situation, the play sparkles with Anne’s spirit and vivacity, shown in some of her most memorable quotes, such as: “How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”
The Diary of Anne Frank, written by Frances Goodrich and Albert Hackett, was first performed in 1955. This version is newly adapted by Wendy Kesselman. Jane Wilton directs.
Performances are at 7.30pm nightly. There is also a matinee performance on the Saturday at 2.30pm.
Tickets are £8, with £7 concessions for the first night only. Under 18s are £7 and special rates are available for school parties. To book, or for further information, call 01335 370827 or 07582 416610, or book online at www.belperplayers.com