The Kindly Ones

Jonathan Littell

The Kindly Ones


Gloomy fresco about compromises with conscience

The new SND building, Studio
10. 3. 2023 19:00 h - 22:20 h

The fictive memoirs of a learned and cultivated SS officer became a cultural event not only in France (Prix Goncourt, Grand Prix du roman de l´Académie française). After the author spent years working for various international humanitarian organisations, he asked a question how a man of his education and opinions would have behaved during the times of the economic crises in Germany. He wrote a great tenebrous fresco about a lawyer, who by making small compromises with his conscience became a part of the mass killing mechanism. The Kindly Ones reveals the fragility of all the handrails, which we think do protect us against the fall into the gorge of destruction.

Running time: 3 hrs 20 mins with one interval

Première April 2, 2014
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Production Team

Translated by Michala Marková
Dramatization by Daniel Majling
Direction by Michal Vajdička
Dramaturgy Daniel Majling
Stage design Pavol Andraško


Maximilian Aue Ľuboš Kostelný
Thomas Hauser Alexander Bárta
Doctor Hohenegg / Üxküll Branislav Bystriansky
Inspector / Turk Milan Ondrík
Clerk Korherr Richard Stanke
Commander / Moreau Jozef Vajda
Partenau Martin Nahálka (as a guest)
Weseloh / Mother Emília Vášáryová
Waitress Dominika Žiaranová (as a guest)
Waiter Oliver Asztalos (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Choir Kristóf Melecsky (as a guest) Fanni Hostomská (as a guest)
Pianists Juraj Šimek (as a guest)