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British to Produce Play Criticizing Pope Pius Xii; Habimah Drops Drama

“The Deputy,” the controversial drama by German playwright Rolf Hochhut, in which the late Pope Pius XII is criticized for allegedly failing to condemn publicly Hitler’s program of genocide against Jews, will be produced here beginning September 25 by the Royal Shakespeare Theatre, it was announced today. Alan Webb, a 57 year-old British actor, will portray the Pope. Israel’s Habimah Theatre canceled its production of the play, giving “lack of time” as the reason.