Bent and over one million other books are available for Amazon Kindle. Learn more

Bent: The Play

Sign in to turn on 1-Click ordering
More Buying Choices
Have one to sell? Sell yours here
Start reading Bent on your Kindle in under a minute.

Don't have a Kindle? Get your Kindle here, or download a FREE Kindle Reading App.

Bent: The Play [Paperback]

Martin Sherman
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)

List Price: $16.99
Price: $13.73 & FREE Shipping on orders over $35. Details
You Save: $3.26 (19%)
o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o o
In Stock.
Ships from and sold by Gift-wrap available.
Want it Tuesday, Sept. 2? Choose One-Day Shipping at checkout. Details
Showcase Weekly Deal
Looking for the Audiobook Edition?
Tell us that you'd like this title to be produced as an audiobook, and we'll alert our colleagues at If you are the author or rights holder, let Audible help you produce the audiobook: Learn more at

Book Description

April 1, 2000
(Applause Books). Martin Sherman's worldwide hit play Bent took London by storm in 1979 when it was first performed by the Royal Court Theatre, with Ian McKellen as Max (a character written with the actor in mind). The play itself caused an uproar. "It educated the world," Sherman explains. "People knew about how the Third Reich treated Jews and, to some extent, gypsies and political prisoners. But very little had come out about their treatment of homosexuals." Gays were arrested and interned at work camps prior to the genocide of Jews, gypsies, and handicapped, and continued to be imprisoned even after the fall of the Third Reich and liberation of the camps. The play Bent highlights the reason why - a largely ignored German law, Paragraph 175, making homosexuality a criminal offense, which Hitler reactivated and strengthened during his rise to power.

Special Offers and Product Promotions

Frequently Bought Together

Bent: The Play + Night
Price for both: $19.64

Buy the selected items together
  • Night $5.91

Product Details

  • Paperback: 80 pages
  • Publisher: Applause Theatre & Cinema Books (April 1, 2000)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1557833362
  • ISBN-13: 978-1557833365
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.4 x 0.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (14 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #279,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Discover books, learn about writers, read author blogs, and more.

Customer Reviews

Most Helpful Customer Reviews
19 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars heart wrenching, emotional rollercoaster.. May 24, 1999
this book runs the gamut from joyous hedonism to the extreme visciousness of humankind. I cannot remember the last time I was so emotionally drawn in and captivated by such intelligent, breathing, living characters. This book is a powerful must read for anyone concerned with what makes humanity tick, and the absolute evil that seems so inherently possible. A love story that trancends all generations. This is proof that the human will is a miraculous thing.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
If i could give it more stars i would. Two years ago I was fortunate enough to be a part of a production of this play. Everyone in the world knows of the treatment of the Jews in concentration camps during WWII. Little is known, however, of the treatment of homosexuals that lived and died next to Jews, political prisoners and criminals in these death camps. Martin Sherman sheds light onto this subject in this very chilling and in your face tale of love between two homosexuals in Dachau. You must read this play. It is very powerful and moving. It, along with the documentary Paragraph 175, has changed my life and the way I view alternative lifestyles past and present.

Do yourself a favor and buy this play. You won't regret it.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars READ THIS PLAY!!!!!! September 2, 2005
This is probably one of the most important plays I have ever read. It is just about love surviving in the harshest of places. Don't believe the other review about the characters not being developed enough. They are. And the play is amazing. I understand the importance of it in gay literature, but that is not the reason that I feel its important. I just think it needs to be read. The idea that we can tell a person not to love FOR ANY REASON is unnacceptable. Just read it. It may change your life.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very moving and important work of the drama arts January 3, 2007
Bent is a powerful play about the treatment of gays during the years that the Nazi powers controlled Germany. The play starts with two lovers who are arrested and sent to a concentration camp. There, one of the lovers dies. The survivor however continues to cling to an existence and meets another gay prisoner. They move rocks back and forth across a courtyard all day. The men fall in love, despite the fact that they are in a hopeless situation and are constantly guarded and watched as they gradually starve and are worked to death. The play shows us that love may emerge from the human spirit in even the most bleak of times and places. This drama is well written and very moving. It is an important piece of gay literature, dramatizing a terrible chapter in gay history that is often forgotten and hidden.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
2.0 out of 5 stars Not such an epic play January 28, 2014
By william
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
heard aamazing things about the play but after buying it and reading it I found it rather lacking and not something I would consider staging myself
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
4.0 out of 5 stars A look through the minority eye January 20, 2014
By Preston
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
I never realized how much grief homosexuals were given during the Holocaust. Even the Jewish people mocked them, The love scene (without contact) was also interesting. A great drama for the theatre goer.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
5.0 out of 5 stars AMAZING! March 24, 2013
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is truly one of the most beautiful tales of friendship and love in hard times EVER written. Such a moving emotional piece of theatre this is.....I read this play about three to four times a year and every single time I end up in tears and I feel more alive for having read it. This is a MUST READ for anyone studying theatre or anyone who just wants to be moved deeply by something......So good.
Comment | 
Was this review helpful to you?
Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Never forget
I really enjoyed reading this play. I had never hear of it until I heard the lead character speak of it on television. Glad I read it. It is something you do not forget.
Published 21 months ago by lomon
5.0 out of 5 stars Incredibly Dark, Uniquely Powerful and Moving
Opening in 1979 with Ian McKellen in London and then Richard Gere in New York, BENT told the seldom-heard story of the persecution of homosexuals under Nazi Germany. Read more
Published on May 25, 2011 by Gary F. Taylor
5.0 out of 5 stars Astounding.
Even when only read from a script, this play is an astounding experience. It's full of information about the appalling conditions of homosexuals in the Holocaust and opens one's... Read more
Published on January 6, 2010 by Colin
5.0 out of 5 stars Bent
Beautiful piece of literature...full of tension, conflict, struggle and This is a work you won't forget reading.
Published on November 27, 2009 by Breana Killingsworth
5.0 out of 5 stars oppression, confusion, torture and then love springs
This enduring play is a gripping, fascinating view of a sumptuous alternative lifestyle rum amok. Torturing oppression and purification of the Nazi party and Secret Police rip... Read more
Published on October 2, 2009 by Spirit Visitor
1.0 out of 5 stars Where oh where has my little script gone????
It has been well over a month since I ordered this script, the audition has come and gone, oddly enough the script has yet to arrive!
Published on August 7, 2009 by James P. Darvas
4.0 out of 5 stars Characters not developed enough but important to read
I enjoyed this play but I found it hard to feel much emotion for the characters because they were not developed enough in my opinion. Read more
Published on November 1, 2003 by "samadhited"
Search Customer Reviews
Search these reviews only

What Other Items Do Customers Buy After Viewing This Item?


There are no discussions about this product yet.
Be the first to discuss this product with the community.
Start a new discussion
First post:
Prompts for sign-in

Look for Similar Items by Category