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Propaganda Swing

Belgrade Theatre and Nottingham Playhouse Theatre Company present

Propaganda Swing

By Peter Arnott

Saturday 13 - Saturday 27 September 2014

  • Presented at Belgrade Main stage
  • Tickets: From £8.50 - £20.75 Concessions: From £8.50 - £20.75

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Singers, Swastikas and All That Jazz!

The jazz scene in 1930s’ Berlin was one of the most vibrant and exciting in the world – a time captured brilliantly in Kander & Ebb’s musical, Cabaret. But what happened to those talented singers and musicians as the Nazis’ grip tightened?

The Nazis hated jazz – they saw it as decadent and impure. But one of them, Propaganda Ministry official, Karl “Charly” Schwedler, understood its true power. And he made it his mission to harness that power so the Nazis could use jazz as a weapon of war!

Propaganda Swing throws a spotlight on the gripping true story of ‘Charly and his Orchestra’. Featuring a fantastic swing band live on stage, this enthralling show reveals the characters behind the story of how some of the greatest German jazz musicians of the day entered into a Faustian pact with the Fascists – they could keep playing their beloved music at the price of seeing it corrupted for evil.

Features some of the coolest jazz songs of the era, including It Ain’t Right, Makin’ Whoopee, You’re Driving Me Crazy, Nightmare, St Louis Blues, Big Noise from Winnetka, Tiger Rag, Minnie the Moocher, Lili Marlene and more.

The captivating combination of WWII intrigue and drama set against a backdrop of glitz, glamour and Big Band swagger, makes Propaganda Swing the must-see show of the Belgrade’s autumn season.

Contains strong language.

Gala Night: On Friday 19 September we will be hosting a special fundraising event in support of the Belgrade Theatre Trust (Charity number 219163).

Ahead of the performance of Propaganda Swing there will be a discussion on the Main Stage with our Artistic Director, Hamish Glen, and Associate Director, Justine Themen, about the work of the Belgrade.

There will then be a post-show party with a live jazz band in the foyer and a complimentary glass of fizz for all audience members.

The evening starts at 7pm and tickets for this performance are priced at £21.75 & £25.75.

This production has been made possible by the generosity of the Reid Dalglish family and with support from Arts Council England’s Catalyst Arts Programme.

Sat 13 Sep 7:45pm
Mon 15 Sep 7:45pm
Tue 16 Sep 7:00pm
Wed 17 Sep 7:45pm
Thu 18 Sep 7:45pm
Fri 19 Sep 7:45pm Director's Pre-Show Talk
Sat 20 Sep 2:30pm
Sat 20 Sep 7:45pm
Tue 23 Sep 7:45pm
Wed 24 Sep 2:30pm
Wed 24 Sep 7:45pm
Thu 25 Sep 7:45pm
Fri 26 Sep 7:45pm Post-Show Discussion, Captioned Performance
Sat 27 Sep 2:30pm Audio Described
Sat 27 Sep 7:45pm

Access performances:

Captioned: Fri 26 Sept, 7.45pm

Audio described: Sat 27 Sept, 2.30pm

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Posted on 15th August 2014

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Propaganda Swing: Styles, Architecture and Fashions

Posted by anon on 12th September 2014

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Propaganda Swing: All that Jazz and the Nazis.

Posted by anon on 5th September 2014

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Posted by anon on 15th September 2014

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Posted by Rosie Mackie on 19th September 2014

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Posted by anon on 31st August 2014

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Posted by anon on 21st August 2014

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Posted by Rosie Mackie on 28th August 2014

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Posted by anon on 15th August 2014

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Posted by anon on 25th July 2014

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Propaganda Swing: Exploring the fashions of the '30s

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 24th July 2014

Peter Arnott’s brand new play, Propaganda Swing, captures all the glamour of the 1930s. In this video, we speak to vintage hair and makeup stylist, Sarah Russe... Read more

Designing Propaganda Swing - From Studio To Stage with Libby Watson

Posted by anon on 10th July 2014

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Propaganda Swing: 1930s Hairstyle Tutorial

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 23rd July 2014

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Callum Coates as William Joyce, Lord Haw Haw

Propaganda Swing - The Photo Call

Posted by anon on 18th July 2014

Enjoy an exclusive preview of the cast of Propaganda Swing who joined us at the theatre on Wed 16 July for a 1930s inspired photo shoot set against the backdrop o... Read more

Exploring the Music of Propaganda Swing

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 27th June 2014

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Video: An interview with Peter Arnott

Posted by Rosie Mackie on 20th May 2014

In this video, we speak to playwright Peter Arnott about the fascinating story behind Propaganda Swing. Read more

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Posted by Rosie Mackie on 24th June 2014

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