Theatre director Dominic Cooke: ‘I like plays that ask the hard questions’

"The great thing about David [Tennant] is that he's the last person you'd think of as a Nazi," says director Dominic Cooke.

This must be at least a little bit of a relief for the actor. But it’s also crucial to the play in which he is about to open. In a new West End show

directed by Cooke, Good by CP Taylor is about a university professor in Germany in the 1930s. John Halder (played by Tennant) thinks of

himself as a good person—indeed, he is a good person: thoughtful, diligent, caring. And yet, he keeps getting more and more caught up in the

Nazi killing machine. Taylor's 1981 drama is one of many plays, movies, and books about Nazi Germany,

but it's unusually unsettling because it doesn't focus on the terrible things that happened in the camps. Instead, it looks at how people thought and acted,

or didn't act, to make the terrible things happen. He shows in great psychological detail how people can talk themselves into turning a blind eye

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