Charlotte Schwab


Geboren 1952 in der Schweiz, absolvierte Charlotte Schwab ihre Ausbildung am Staatlichen Konservatorium für Musik und Schauspiel in Bern. Ihre Engagements als Schauspielerin führten sie u. a. an das Schauspielhaus Düsseldorf, die Schaubühne Berlin, das Schauspielhaus Zürich, das Schauspielhaus Hamburg, zu den Salzburger Festspielen, wo sie mit Andrzej Wajda arbeitete, sowie an das Thalia Theater Hamburg. Gemeinsame Arbeiten verbinden sie mit Regisseur*innen wie Claus Peymann, Peter Stein, Frank-Patrick Steckel, Jürgen Flimm und Volker Hesse. Seit der Spielzeit 2016/2017 ist sie Ensemblemitglied am Residenztheater, wo sie bereits in Inszenierungen von Michael Thalheimer, Tina Lanik, Andreas Kriegenburg und Mateja Koležnik wirkte. Parallel zu ihrer Theaterarbeit steht sie für zahlreiche Film- und Fernsehproduktionen vor der Kamera. 2022 erhielt Charlotte Schwab für ihre besondere Karriere als Schauspielerin und ihre herausragenden künstlerischen Leistungen den Kurt-Meisel-Preis. 

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In her autobiographical memoir «A Girl’s Story», published in 2016, the French writer Annie Ernaux attempts to understand a deeply formative experience in her own life. What happened to her, a young woman aged 18 at the time, in the summer of 1958? Between fragments of memories, diary entries, letters and decades-old photos, the author undertakes an almost forensic analysis of what happened, its effects and the social frameworks and sexual double standards that grant or refuse entirely different forms of «freedom» to men and women respectively. «A Girl’s Story» shows an almost 80-year-old woman painfully confronting sexual shame, impotence and self-empowerment and is – shortly before the #MeToo movement arose – a touching and highly political document of putting an end to silence.

Erinnerung eines Mädchens (A Girl's Story)

Elisabeth Gärtner, a retired architect, has only one more wish: she wants to die. Her beloved husband died of cancer three years ago and without him life has no meaning for her any more. A drug that would allow her to die of her own volition has been refused her. Now the Ethics Council must make a decision on her case. Expert witnesses from the fields of law, medicine and theology argue over the question:  Does a human being have a right to determine their own death? Are doctors allowed to help someone commit suicide? And who do our lives actually belong to? To us? To the state? Or to God?

Gott (God)
Residenztheater, 18.30 o'clock
Sun 15 Oct

The Munich dramatist Frank Wedekind spent over twenty years working on what he called his monster tragedy which, due to harsh censorship, would never be performed in his home city during his lifetime. It was too indecent, too lewd. In Lulu, Wedekind created a snake, a creature «to tempt, to seduce» – and to murder. For her lovers, Lulu is like a screen onto which they can project their desires – whatever a man wants, he will find it in her. And it goes further: Lulu’s seductions drive an entire succession of her lovers in Munich and Paris to their deaths until she ultimately throws herself into death’s arms in the back streets of London.