By William Shakespeare
Translation and adaptation by Marius von Mayenburg
Directed by Thomas Ostermeier
Part of the 2017 Next Wave Festival
Lars Eidinger, Moritz Gottwald, Eva Meckbach, Jenny König, Sebastian Schwarz, Robert Beyer, Thomas Bading, Christoph Gawenda, Laurenz Laufenberg, Thomas Witte
Set design by Jan Pappelbaum
Costume design by Florence von Gerkan
Music by Nils Ostendorf
Video by Sébastien Dupouey
Dramaturgy by Florian Borchmeyer
Lighting design by Erich Schneider
First Performance October 11, 2017
Final Performance October 14, 2017
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Dragging his clubfoot and hunchback across a clay- and glitter-caked stage, Shakespeare’s most wretched villain weaponizes his ugliness against a kingdom ravaged by its own elite infighting.
In this prescient production, German director Thomas Ostermeier (An Enemy of the People, 2013 Next Wave) laces iambic pentameter with relentless drumming, bringing his trademark pop-cultural canniness to bear.
Cult Shakespearean actor Lars Eidinger is cast as a kind of rock-star despot, growling his soliloquies into a microphone that swings overhead like the Sword of Damocles, as he alternately seduces and bombasts his nation into chaos.
Ben Brantley – New York Times
But this production from Schaubühne Berlin, which fills the Harvey Theater with the pervasiveness of a slimy fog, could provide just the catharsis you need right now. After all, it’s the month of Halloween, when people find release in celebrating what scares them, laughing and shrieking in one breath.