1989: Twentieth Anniversary
Berlin may not be as beautiful as Paris; it may not have the brash allure of Rome or even London's muscularity; but no one can think of the twentieth century without thinking of Germany's capital. It was on the front line between two of the most powerful ideologies of modern times - communism and capitalism. It was Hitler's stage when he seized power in 1933, and now it stands poised between a resurgent Russia in the East and a Europe forging a new identity in the West.
Actors Henry Goodman and Liz Sutherland read poems and prose to evoke the city's history, alongside a rich array of music. Including Strauss, Mendelssohn and Eisler, as well as Weill and U2. With readings by Alfred Doblin, Joseph Roth, Bertolt Brecht, Gunter Grass, Peter Schneider and Nazim Hikmet.