The Kindly Ones

Jonathan Littell

The Kindly Ones


Gloomy fresco about compromises with conscience

The new SND building, Studio
2. 4. 2014 3. 4. 2014

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

"We kindly ask our esteemed spectators to respect dress code: business casual."

Production Team

Translated by Michala Marková
Dramatization by Daniel Majling
Directed by Michal Vajdička
Dramaturgy Daniel Majling
Set 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)
Una / Helena Táňa Pauhofová
Weseloh / Mother Emília Vášáryová
Waitress Monika Horváthová (as a guest) Dominika Žiaranová (as a guest) Anežka Petrová (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Waiter Tomáš Stopa (as a guest)
Choir Martin Varínsky (as a guest) Kristóf Melecsky (Student, Academy of Performing Arts) Fanni Hostonská (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Pianists Andrej Mojžiš (as a guest) Samuel Vargan (as a guest)