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Wittgenstein - The Crooked Roads


  • Playwright

    William Lyons 

  • Setting

    Cambridge, 1911; the Russian Front, 1916; a prisoner-of-war camp in Italy, 1918; Vienna, 1919; Cambridge, 1930s; Connemara, 1948; Ithaca, New York, 1949.

  • Synopsis

    The play looks at how Wittgenstein's wartime experiences - during which he was decorated for bravery - were crucial in his emergence as a brilliant, obsessive, but reclusive and alienated thinker.

  • Play Type

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  • Cast Notes

    Some doubling of roles; some male roles played by female

Original Production

  • Date of First Production

    11 April 2011

  • Production Notes

    Supported by the Austrian Cultural Forum and the American Philosophical Association.

  • Producer

    Produced by Riverside Studios

  • Original Venue

    Riverside Studios

Original Cast  
Performer Sylvester McCoy
Kraus Nick Blackburn
Ludwig Wittgenstein Rob Heaps
Bertrand Russell Isabelle Schoelcher
Michael Drobil Isabelle Schoelcher
Dean of the Moral Sciences Faculty Isabelle Schoelcher
GE Moore Richard Dodwell
Norman Malcolm Richard Dodwell
Lady Ottoline Clara Perez
Production Team  
Director Nick Blackburn
Producer Nick Blackburn
Lighting Director Duncan Flight
Design Associate Lee Hampton
Technical Manager Emma Woolerton
PR Manager/Programmer Richard Dodwell

Published Scripts

  • Title

    Wittgenstein - The Crooked Roads

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  • Address

    Head Office, 215 Vauxhall Bridge Road
    London SW1V 1EJ

  • Phone

    + 44 (0)20 7798 1600

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Rights Information

  • Territory

    All Territories

  • Rights Type

    All Rights

  • Contact

    William Lyons

  • Address

    Republic of Ireland

  • Email


Source Of Information

The information for this entry was taken from the original production programme.