The Investigation

Peter Weiss

The Investigation is a dramatic reconstruction of the Frankfurt War Crimes trials, based on the actual evidence given.

This testimony, concerning Auschwitz and the atrocities which were enacted there, has been edited and extracted by Peter Weiss into a dramatic document that relies solely and completely on the facts for its effectiveness.

“The Investigation” has not been seen in Britain since the 1960’s and here, performed as a reading by a cast of 17, it emerges as a chastening and purging documentary of deeply moving power.

In May 2006 less than 13 miles from the Arcola, 11 councillors were elected from the Nazi BNP – bringing their national total to 53. Never before has this play been so relevant to a British audience.

“This production promises to remind us in stark terms of the dangers of racism and fascism.” Mike Rosen

“Congratulations to all those who have made this play possible and GOOD LUCK” Tony Benn

Peter WeissPeter Weiss was a remarkable artist. He was a talented painter and a filmmaker, but it is, of course, his writing that he will be best remembered for. At least two of his plays – Marat/Sade & The Investigation are theatrical landmarks. His writing is remarkable, and he must be counted among the most important European authors of the 20th century.