Hamlet, Schaubühne Berlin

Presented in German

Tour Dates and Locations 2016:
January 2016, Tehran, Iran

"Hamlet" trailer from the Schaubühne Berlin YouTube channel, 2009.

“Shakespeare represents the Danish royal court as a corrupt political system which becomes a paranoid maze for Hamlet. Murder, betrayal, manipulation and sexuality are the weapons used in the war to preserve power. Not able to take on and fight the cynical rules of the game at the court, Hamlet stagnates and turns his aggressions against himself. His gift of distinguishing pros and cons becomes an insurmountable hindrance in accomplishing his goals, and as the last person with scruples in a system without any, he is finally doomed. With its central paradox of the incapacitated protagonist, Hamlet remains today a valid analysis of the intellectual dilemma between complex thinking and political action. Shakespeare serves up over twenty characters, allowing a political biosphere to arise out of differing interests and intrigue. In Ostermeier’s production, just six actors will play all these characters, constantly changing roles. Hamlet’s progressive loss of touch with reality, his disorientation, the manipulation of reality and identity are mirrored in the acting style, which takes pretense and disguise as its basic principle.”—From Schaubühne’s website

Schaubühne Berlin
A co-production with the Hellenic Festival Athens and the Festival d'Avignon

By: William Shakespeare
German translation by Marius von Mayenburg
Direction: Thomas Ostermeier

Stage Design: Jan Pappelbaum
Costume Design: Nina Wetzel
Music: Nils Ostendorf
Dramaturgy: Marius von Mayenburg
Video: Sébastien Dupouey
Light Design: Erich Schneider
Fight Choreography: René Lay

Claudius; Geist: Urs Jucker
Hamlet: Lars Eidinger
Gertrud; Ophelia: Jenny König
Polonius; Osrik: Robert Beyer
Horatio; Güldenstern: Damir Avdic
Laertes; Rosenkranz: Franz Hartwig

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Image by Arno Declair, 2008. From Schaubühne Berlin's website.