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Premieres 2018 at the Deutsches Theater, Berlin (DE)

Tuesday 13 March 2018

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Most of the Deutsches Theater productions are regularly presented with English surtitles.


  • Ulysses, based on the novel by James Joyce, directed by Sebastian Hartmann. A momentous 20th-century text, which, by applying multiple perspectives, creates a fragmented picture of the characters, showing that language not only depicts and describes, it can also convey the manifold possibilities and conditions of modern subjectivity. Premiere: 19 January 2018.


  • Summerfolk (Sommergäste) by Maxim Gorki, directed by Daniela Löffner. A country residence is the meeting place for a privileged party. They have left the city to spend the summer in the countryside. With his tableau of scenes penned in 1904, Gorky wanted to present "the modern bourgeois-materialist intelligentsia". A cataclysmic turning point casts a shadow on these summer folk and their restless souls. Premiere: 23 February 2018.


  • Solaris, based on the novel by Stanisław Lem, directed by András Dömötör. Lem’s masterpiece of science fiction, published in 1961, is brought to the stage as an absurd and comic journey between reality and fiction, focusing on the question of the limitations of human knowledge. Premiere: 2 March 2018.


  • Rome (Rom) based on Coriolanus, Julius Caesar and Anthony and Cleopatra by William Shakespeare, adapted by John von Düffel, directed by Karin Henkel. The three Shakespearean plays can be read as a brief history of democracy based on the example of ancient Rome. We see all these characters of more or less power turning once and again the big wheel of politics before the Roman House of Cards finally collapses. Premiere: 16 March 2018.



  • Medea. Voices (Medea. Stimmen) by Christa Wolf, directed by Tilmann Köhler. Originated as a radical correction of the predominant image of Medea, Christa Wolf questions the sovereignty of historical interpretation – and in whose interest it is to cast the “wild woman” as a murderer. Premiere: 5 April 2018.


  • Daredevils (Draufgängerinnen). All Adventurous Women Do by Tanja Šljivar, directed by Salome Dastmalchi. In 2014 the “collective pregnancy” of seven teenage girls was turned into a scandal by Bosnian and international media. Their own voices were not heard. The author creates a polyphonic chorus of those unheard voices, which discusses the necessity of going beyond one’s own body, one’s own life. A Junges DT production. World premiere: 15 April 2018.


  • Gala Global. In search of a global citizen by Turbo Pascal . The Berlin theatre collective continues its research to the legacy of Garry Davis, the self-proclaimed World Citizen No. 1. The theatre forecourt will be the venue for a world citizen’s gala. Various representatives of world citizenship will make their appearance on the red carpet, and at long tables will draw spectators into conversations, votes and wrangling. World Premiere: 5 May 2018.


  • Autorentheatertage 2018.Festival of New Drama, 1-3 and 13-23 June. One focus lies on the presentation of about 12 guest performances of outstanding new plays of the current season. The other focus lies on a call for new, not yet staged plays. 143 theatre texts were sent in, three of which were chosen by the jury as the best ones: In Stanniolpapier (In Tinfoil) by Björn SC Deigner, Eine Version der Geschichte (A Version of History) by Simone Kucher and europa flieht nach europa (europa flees to europe) by Miroslava Svolikova. On 22 June, in the “Long Night of Authors”, the Burgtheater Vienna, the Schauspielhaus Zurich and the Deutsches Theater Berlin will each stage the world premiere of one of these plays.


  • Radar Ost. This year for the first time the Autorentheatertage festival will be opened by an international kick-off weekend with guest performances of new plays and contemporary authors from Eastern Europe. Royal District Theatre, Tbilisi/Georgia will show two productions: Prometheus. 25 Years of Independence, on 1 June 2018, and Women of Troye both by Data Tavadze and Davit Gabunia, on 2 and 3 June 2018. Vilnius City Theatre/Lithuania will show TRANS TRANS TRANCE by Kamilė Gudmonait, on 1 and 2 June 2018, and Nowy Teatr Warszaw/Poland will present The Call of Cthulhu by Michał Borczuch, on 2 June 2018.
    Once more an International Dramaturgs Meeting on June 22/23 will be connected with the Autorentheatertage festival and offer the opportunity to experience and discuss the awarded plays and their authors.


The complete program will be published in April 2018.


Premieres 2017 at the Deutsches Theater, Berlin (DE)

Tuesday 19 September 2017

It Can´t Happen Here, based on the novel by Sinclair Lewis
Director: Christopher Rüping. Written in 1935 in the wake of Adolf Hitler’s rise to power, Sinclair Lewis’s seemingly far-fetched story depicts the ascent of an American political outsider and populist named Buzz Windrip to president of the United States.
Premiere: 20 September 2017.

Americabased on the novel The Man Who Disappeared by Franz Kafka.
Director: Dušan David Pařízek. The unfinished novel describes the bizarre wanderings of the young European emigrant Karl Rossmann, who was forced by his family to go to New York City. It reverses the American Dream into its opposite.
Premiere: 27 September 2017.

Feminista, Baby!
based on the SCUM-Manifesto by Valerie Solanas.
Directors: Tom Kühnel, Jürgen Kuttner. Valerie Solanas was the woman who tried to kill pop art star Andy Warhol in 1968. Her SCUM Manifesto is a feminist text, radical, enraged, but also very witty. The directors and their all-male cast will submit themselves to the full force of Solanas' wrath.
Premiere: 20 October 2017

Here.I.Stand (Hier.Stehe.Ich)
. 3 countries, 3 models, 3 encounters.
Concept: Johannes Krug.
Director: Uta Plate. 500 years after Martin Luther said „Here I stand, I can’t help” young people from Russia, Poland and Germany deal with people of integrity and stability, with historical and contemporary models who followed their own conscience. A project of Junges DT.
Premiere: 31 October 2017

Father (Vater), written and directed by Dietrich Brüggemann.
A young man is at his father’s deathbed. He looks back at his own life and at the same time into his own future. Dietrich Brüggemann is an awarded German film director and author, Father is his first work for the theatre.
World Premiere: 11 November 2017

Dislocation (Versetzung)
by Thomas Melle. Director: Brit Bartkowiak. Ronald seems to have everything. Privately and at work. He is the perfect teacher, loved by his students, respected by parents, and valued by his boss. But Ronald has a secret, maniac depression, an illness that defined his past and threatens his future.
World Premiere: 17 November 2017

The Captain of Köpenick (Der Hauptmann von Köpenick)
by Carl Zuckmayer in an adaptation by Armin Petras.
Director: Jan Bosse. A quintessentially Berlin play, which premiered at the Deutsches Theater in 1931. 86 years later, Armin Petras – himself a born-and-bred Berliner – takes up Carl Zuckmayer’s famous parable and extends it to the present day. A story of a man on the outside.
Premiere: 21 December 2017



Tuesday 11 October 2016

Premieres, September 2016 – January 2017

Please note that most of the DT productions are presented with English surtitles

Man in the Holocene (Der Mensch erscheint im Holozän) based on the novella by Max Frisch, directed by Thom Luz. In an associative and musical way Thom Luz with his ensemble of four actors and two musicians investigates Frisch’s text about the gradual disappearance of an elderly man. Premiere: 23 September 2016, Coproduction with the Theater Basel, CH.

BUCH. Berlin (5 ingredientes de la vida) by Fritz Kater, directed by Tilman Köhler. Utopia, Imagination, Love and death, Instinct, Care. In five scenes starting in the 1960s and leading up to the present day, Fritz Kater shows people (and animals) struggling for love, life, meaning and understanding. Premiere: 24 September 2016.

thermal resistance (der thermale widerstand) by Ferdinand Schmalz, directed by Matthias Rippert. A spa resort as the scene for a battle between deceleration and turbo capitalism. Ferdinand Schmalz relocates the ideological war of world views to a place least of all associated with political awareness. World premiere: 30 September 2016.

Iphigenia in Tauris (Iphigenie auf Tauris) by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, directed by Ivan Panteleev. A girl who was sacrificed by her father, and was saved by a goddess, who spent years in exile on an island ruled by a despotical king, who longs to get home, who manages to transform despotism into humanism. Premiere: 14 October 2016.

Walls – Iphigenia in Exile by ZinA Choi, Kyungsung Lee, Mario Salazar and Kon Yi. Directors: ZinA Choi, Tilmann Köhler, Kyungsung Lee, Jungung Yang and Kon Yi. A contemporary version of Goethe’s drama ‘Iphigenia in Tauris’ with a German-Korean perspective, the result of several years of collaboration between German and Korean theatre artists. World premiere: 14 October 2016, ACC in Gwangju, South Korea. Berlin premiere: 23 October 2016.

Funded by the German Federal Cultural Foundation. In co-production with Goethe-Institute Korea, Asia Culture Institute and The Walls Committee, organised at Asia Culture Center, supported by Arts Council Korea in cooperation with Producer Group DOT.

Downfall of the Egoist Johann Fatzer (Der Untergang des Egoisten Johann Fatzer) by Bertolt Brecht / version by Heiner Müller, directed by Tom Kühnel and Jürgen Kuttner. Premiere 12 November 2016.

Marat/Sade by Peter Weiss, directed by Stefan Pucher. "In a society of criminals, I unearthed the crime in myself in order to explore it …". Premiere 27 November 2016.

King Ubu (König Ubu) von Alfred Jarry, directed by András Dömötör. Jarry’s absurd drama is, in the best sense of the word, a bad joke. Premiere: 30 November 2016.

Kuffar. The Atheists (Kuffar. Die Gottesleugner), text and direction by Nuran David Calis.

“You’re looking for freedom. I’m looking for truth.” World premiere: 11 December 2016.

The Glass Menagerie by Tennessee Williams, directed by Stephan Kimmig. A story of how dreams may help to withstand everyday life, but cannot help to overcome life itself. Premiere: 16 December 2016.

The Celebration (Das Fest) by Thomas Vinterberg and Mogens Rukov, directed by Anne Lenk. A story of helplessness and anger, repression and masquerade, lies and the power of truth. Premiere 20 January 2017.

The Ten Commandments (Die Zehn Gebote), a production by Jette Steckel. World Premiere 20 January 2017.


Autorentheatertage Berlin - June 13th-27th 2015

Wednesday 10 June 2015

The Deutsches Theater Berlin presents the Autorentheatertage, the festival of new German drama, taking place from 13th until 27th of June. 4 world premieres in cooperation with Burgtheater Wien and Schauspielhaus Zürich, 12 guest performances of new remarkable plays and stagings, panels, talks, discussions, dramaturges meeting on 27th June. Discover the full program here.

Autorentheatertage Berlin - du 13 au 27 juin 2015

Wednesday 10 June 2015

Le Deutsches Theater Berlin organise chaque année le Autorentheatertage, le rendez-vous incontournable des nouvelles écritures dramatiques allemandes du 13 au 27 juin 2015. Au programme: 4 premières mondiales en coproduction avec le Burgtheater à Vienne et la Schauspielhaus de Zürich, 12 productions invitées, et la fameuse nuit de la dramaturgie le 27 juin. Découvrez le programme complet ici.


Season Programme 2014/2015

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