Barbara Melzl

Geboren 1957 in der Schweiz, erhielt Barbara Melzl ihre Schauspielausbildung an der Schauspielakademie in Zürich. Sie war engagiert am Theater am Neumarkt in Zürich, am Theater in Bremen, in Freiburg und Basel sowie am Schauspielhaus Zürich und am Staatstheater Hannover. 1993 wechselte sie an das Residenztheater, 2000 wurde ihr vom Verein der Freunde des Residenztheaters der Kurt-Meisel-Preis verliehen. Sie arbeitete u. a. mit Andrea Breth, Dimiter Gotscheff, Matthias Hartmann, Dieter Dorn, Martin Kušej, Tina Lanik, Thom Luz, Antoine Uitdehaag, Herbert Fritsch und Andreas Kriegenburg.

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The story, it seems, takes little time to tell: a prince and a princess from neighbouring kingdoms run away to escape from an arranged marriage, fall in love with each other incognito and try to use their cunning to be able to choose the path of their own lives for themselves – only to realise at the end that they have run straight into the fate that had already been arranged for them.

Leonce und Lena (Leonce and Lena)
Residenztheater, 19.30 o'clock
Thu 23 Nov

In his plays, the Chilean director and playwright Guillermo Calderón achieves an entirely original combination of humour and political power. Many of his texts are highly comic tales of the prejudice, ignorance and egotism that come to light through intercultural exchange. His latest play for the Residenztheater tells of the efforts of a religious sect in Munich to advertise for a newly founded settlement in Chile.


Chekhov’s texts, first and foremost his youthful fragment «Platonov», form the starting point for a new evening of musical theatre by resident director Thom Luz. He has borrowed the title from a Russian film version of «Platonov» from 1977 and assembles a society that attempts to discern the melody of the joys and horrors of the future from the songs of a long-forgotten time.

Warten auf Platonow (Waiting for Platonow)