Marking 70 years of Primo Levi: If This Is A Man

To mark the 70th anniversary of the publication, A.L. Kennedy and Philippe Sands lead a live reading of Primo Levi’s powerful account of survival at Auschwitz, If This Is A Man.

A remarkable insight into one of history’s darkest chapters, Levi’s book offers an unflinching portrait of life, death and survival in a concentration camp.

A.L. Kennedy is an award-winning author whose latest novel Serious Sweet explores the dark heart of power in Westminster, following a senior civil servant burdened by government secrets.

Philippe Sands is Professor of Law at University College London and a barrister at Matrix Chambers. His latest book East West Street explores the origins of genocide and crimes against humanity and his own family’s connections to the Nuremberg trials.

The performance is directed by Nina Brazier and the cast includes Niklas Frank, son of Hans Frank, the Nazi Governor General of occupied Poland and lawyer of Adolf Hitler; actor Henry Goodman; Patrick Lawrence QC, grandson of Sir Geoffrey Lawrence who was the presiding judge at Nuremberg; actor Emma Pallant; broadcaster Robert Peston; survivor of the Omarska death camp Kemal Pervanic; survivor of Auschwitz, Susan Pollack; Professor of Chemistry at the University of Nottingham Sir Martyn Poliakoff; former editor of The Guardian, Alan Rusbridger; playwright Tom Stoppard; Rwandan Genocide survivor Liliane Umubyeyi; actor Samuel West; and featuring music by Bloch, Haas, Klein, Krasa, Mendelssohn, Mahler, Schubert, Laks, Puccini, Shostakovich, Liszt, Bartok, Ullman and Ben-Haim, under the direction of Tomo Keller, leader of the Academy of St Martin in the Fields.

This unique live reading takes place over five hours in Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall.


Raphael Wallfisch cello
Tomo Keller violin
Robert Smissen viola
Simon Wallfisch baritone, cello
Lada Valesova piano

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