“He who does not learn from history is doomed to repeat it…”


Set in the Jewish ghetto of Lithuania, in 1942, and based on harrowing diaries written during the darkest day of the holocaust, Ghetto tells of the unlikely flourishing of a theatre at the very time the Nazis began their policy of mass extermination. 


“Every time we put on a show, it sold out three weeks in advance. People who knew the next day they’d be in a train to the camps, the night before they’d put on their finery and come to a play.” 


Having first been staged in Israel in 1984, Ghetto premiered in Britain in 1989 at the National Theatre, London, starring Alex Jennings and Maria Friedman. This production, translated by David Lan, won the 1989 Evening Standard Award for Best Play. 


71 years after the liberation of Auschwitz, the largest of the Nazi concentration camps, the award-winning Zenith Youth Theatre Company return to the Mission Theatre to honour the lives of the 6 million Jewish men, women and children who were murdered between 1941 and 1944. 


Ghetto will be the directorial debut of ex-member Joel Deane who was a member of Zenith from 2004 through to 2009. Joel then went on to train with a BA in Performing Arts and MA from Guildford School of Acting.


“ I am delighted to come back to Zenith and give back a little of what it gave to me and with such a powerful piece of theatre.”

Joel Dean  – Associate Director, Zenith Youth Theatre Company.



Ghetto by Joshua Sobol

WED 1 – SAT 4 JUNE 2016

The Mission Theatre, 32 Corn St, Bath. BA1 1UF

Tickets: £10 / £7 Conc (Sat Mat all £7)

Times Wed – Fri 7:30pm Sat 2:30pm & 7:30pm.

Tickets from 01225 835301 or email: .uk

An amateur performance by kind permission of Samuel French Ltd