Savage drama probes Nazi gay cure shocker at London’s Arts Theatre


Savage couldn’t be more relevant at a time when politicians are accused of being pro-Nazi and America states outlaw homosexuality and transgender rights.

Claudio Macor’s shocking play, which opens at London’s bijou stage, Above the Arts Theatre, this June, is billed as a stylish new drama and love story although the subject matter suggests a darker theme.

Savage uncovers the tragic tale of a Nazi doctor and his ill-conceived “cure” for homosexuality and stars Gary Fannin (The Reduced Shakespeare Company, Spectre, 24: Live Another Day); Alexander Huetson (Edward Bond’s Dea, Sutton Theatres; Encounter, Above the Stag) as Nikolai Bergsen and Nic Kyle (The Grand Tour, Finborough Theatre; Closer to Heaven, Union Theatre) as Zack Travis.

Gary Fannin, Savage

Images Roy Tan
Images Roy Tan
Images Roy Tan

The production also includes Bradley Clarkson, Lee Knight, Emily Lynne, Christopher Hines and Kristian Simeonov.

In the late 1930s, Danish doctor Carl Peter Værnet (Fannin) discovered what he believed to be “the cure for homosexuality”, and was given a prominent post at the Nazi concentration camp Buchenwald.

After the liberation by Allied forces, Dr Værnet was allowed to flee to South America, where he continued to experiment on thousands of live subjects, with the full knowledge of both the British and Danish authorities.

Savage uncover’s Værnet’s shocking story and exposes the repercussions of how the doctor’s “cure” might have affected the homosexual men he experimented on. He remains largely unwritten about and unresearched, apart from a ground-breaking piece by Peter Tatchell in 2015, who will be taking part in a post-show Q & A.

Savage runs Above the Arts Theatre from June 29-July 23.

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