UCL Hebrew & Jewish Studies


A Season of Yiddish Theatre: Mirele Efros by Jacob Gordin

22 February 2024, 7:30 pm–9:30 pm

black and white photo of people gathered around a desk- probably a scene in the play

One of the greatest hits of the Yiddish stage, Mirele Efros is called the 'Yiddish Queen Lear' for its depiction of a fierce and complex matriarch.

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The University College London, the Yiddish Café Trust and JW3 are thrilled to present a season of Yiddish theatre at JW3. The diverse performances include an evening devoted to the London Yiddish stage, a staged reading of a classic play, a Yiddish theatre workshop and the premiere of a modernist masterpiece (translated into English by Sonia Gollance).

Series funded in part by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC), part of UK Research and Innovation.

Please note that no knowledge of Yiddish is required, since either the Yiddish will be accompanied by English translations, or English translations will be used in the performances.

The title role was performed by leading Yiddish actresses across Europe, England, North America and Israel. A silent Yiddish film adaptation was produced in Warsaw in 1912, and a later film adaptation (in Yiddish with English subtitles) was released in the U.S. in 1938.

Featuring a company of leading British-Jewish actors, this reading will be directed by Richard Beecham, followed by an audience Q&A and Yiddish extracts directed by Tamara Micner and featuring Tamara Micner & David Schneider.

The translation for this performance is by Nahma Sandrow.