The Pianist of Willesden Lane

The Pianist of Willesden Lane

July 12 – 22, 2018

Based on the Book The Children of Willesden Lane by Mona Golabek and Lee Cohen

Adapted and Directed by Hershey Felder

Running Time: 90 minutes with no intermission

Recommended for ages 12+

An expression of hope and the life-affirming power of music, The Pianist of Willesden Lane tells the true story of a young Jewish musician, who was sent from Nazi-ruled Vienna to the relative safety of London during the Blitzkrieg. In this inspirational show, piano virtuoso Mona Golabek performs some of the world’s most beautiful music as she shares her own mother’s riveting story of survival.

“A skillful concert performance with a heartwarming story of survival…Entrancing!”
–Hartford Courant

“An extraordinary story of human courage, cooperation, and talent.”
–Broadway World

“An astonishing tour de force…Stunningly good.”
–San Francisco Chronicle

“A remarkable story … deeply affecting.”
-The New York Times

“Critic’s choice…an undiluted privilege to witness.”
-The Los Angeles Times

“A stirring case of art preserving life… Golabek sitting down at the Steinway piano is enough to make your mouth fall open with a certain wonder at the way of the world.”
-Chicago Tribune

All photos Mona Golabek. Photos courtesy of and Berkeley Rep.

Hear the music

Musical tracks provided courtesy of Berkeley Rep.


Directed by
Hershey Felder

Scenic Design
Trevor Hay & Hershey Felder

Costume Design
Jaclyn Maduff

Lighting Design
Jason Bieber

Original Lighting Design
Christopher Rynne

Sound Design
Erik Carstensen

Projection Design
Andrew Wilder & Greg Sowizdrzal

Cynthia Caywood, PhD

Associate Direction
Trevor Hay

Production Manager
Erik Cartensen

Production Stage Manager
Kaitlin Lavella Kelly

Scenic Decoration
Meghan Maiya, Emma Hay, Jordan Hay


Lisa Jura
Mona Golabek


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