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Tosca’s Kiss

by Kate Hilman
Issue No. 2001

Focusing on the trial of Hjalmar Schacht, Tosca’s Kiss is a play about the Nuremberg trials.

Schacht has been described as Hitler’s money man.

He had been involved in bringing the Nazis to power and raising vast funds for Germany’s rearmament.

He was let off – one of only three defendants to walk free.

Schacht argued that he had only been doing his job – plus he was useful to the US in the upcoming Cold War.

The play is told through the eyes of journalist and novelist Rebecca West, and through the imaginings of Kenneth Jupp.

Rebecca West was a fascinating woman. She is often described as a feminist, but famously said, “I myself have never been able to find out what feminism is.

“I only know that people call me a feminist whenever I express sentiments that differentiate me from a doormat or a prostitute.”

Despite some very good acting the play focuses too much on the relationship between West and the US judge Frank Biddle.

This means that the most interesting parts of the play are overshadowed or left to the imagined prosecution lawyer Tom Morton.

This is, nonetheless, a very interesting play with a great cast that is well worth taking the time to see.

Tosca’s Kiss
Written by Kenneth Jupp
The Orange Tree Theatre, Richmond, Surrey
Until 3 June

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Sat 20 May 2006, 00:00 BST
Issue No. 2001
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