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PUBLISHED: 15:13 14 January 2009 | UPDATED: 17:23 16 August 2010

THE LIFE of a consul who went against the fascist Vichy government in a bid to free thousands of victims of Nazism will be revealed on stage this month.

THE LIFE of a consul who went against the fascist Vichy government in a bid to free thousands of victims of Nazism will be revealed on stage this month.

The Galleon Theatre Company's first production of 2009 at the Greenwich Playhouse will be Aristides - the Outcast Hero, running from January 27 until February 22.

It tells the little known story of Aristides de Sousa Mendes, the Portuguese consul who was based in Bordeaux in 1940.

There, he disobeyed his fascist government and issued approximately 30,000 visas to refugees fleeing Nazi persecution.

He did this by cleverly exploiting treaties between Portugal and Spain, forcing open an escape route out of occupied France, through Spain and into neutral Portugal.

About 1million people took advantage of this during World War Two.

This production promises to be lovingly created and thought provoking celebrating an ordinary man who did extraordinary things.

Tickets cost £12 and £10 for concessions and can be bought by contacting the box office on 020 8858 9256 or emailing them on boxoffice@galleontheatre.co.uk

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