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21 May

Tuesday

Tue 21 May

Residenztheater, 20.00–21.30 o'clock

Minetti

A Portrait of an Artist as an Old Man
Abo 22
Prices H
20 to 54 €
Tickets at the box office

Ostend – the Atlantic coast, driving snow, New Year’s Eve, in the foyer of a hotel whose best days are behind it. This is where Minetti, an old «theatre artist», ends up lonely – and yet surrounded by a group of «madmen». Or are they like minds? Celebrating, wearing masks, drunk … of whom we do not know where they come from or where they are going to – they all pass across the hotel foyer like creatures from another world… Is this a comedy? Or a tragedy?

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Tue 21 May

Marstall, 20.00–22.00 o'clock

Die Unerhörten (The outrageous ones)

Technoid love letters for ancient heroines after Sappho, Ovid, Euripides et al.
Prices U
24 €
Tickets at the box office

The director Elsa-Sophie Jach, who recently made her debut at the Residenztheater with her production of Herbert Achternbusch’s «Heart of Glass», brings the outrageous love poetry of «Europe’s first poet» to new life. Known for a directing style characterised by precise language and strong visuals, she hunts down the forgotten remains of Sappho’s poems, condenses them into a chorus and, on a tour through the literary canon together with the Munich techno live band SLATEC, she exposes the systematic erasure of the female voice, its silencing and the need for it to empower itself.

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22 May

Wednesday

Wed 22 May

Residenztheater, 19.30–20.50 o'clock | WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

Anne-Marie die Schönheit (ANNE-MARIE THE BEAUTY)

by Yasmina Reza
Abo 33
Prices F
14 to 44 €

The most frequently performed contemporary international playwright Yazmina Reza, acclaimed for her plays’ witty dialogue, wrote «Anne-Marie the Beauty» as a full-length monologue for her favourite actor André Marcon. This elogy for the art of acting centres on an ageing actress who has spent her entire life in the theatre playing small and minor roles and has never been able to progress beyond this obscure existence.

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Wed 22 May

Cuvilliéstheater, 19.30–21.50 o'clock

Das Käthchen von Heilbronn (KÄTHCHEN OF HEILBRONN)

by Heinrich von Kleist in an adaptation by Elsa-Sophie Jach
Prices G
16 to 48 €

No other play by Heinrich von Kleist inspires quite so many superlatives as «Käthchen of Heilbronn». It is not only the most successful, but also the most romantic, the most fairy tale-like and at the same time the most mysterious play that he wrote.

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Wed 22 May

Marstall, 20.00–21.15 o'clock | 7.30 pm Introduction

MOSI - The Bavarian Dream

by Alexander Eisenach
World premiere / Commissioned work
Prices W
If applicable, remaining tickets

A prince of fashion and a fairy-tale king. A bird of paradise and a cult figure. A Munich original and a philanthropist. During the course of his lifetime, Rudolph Moshammer was given countless of these nicknames and soubriquets. Everyone recognized him as an eccentric with his dog Daisy on his arm, a talk show guest and man of society. Like his role model, Bavaria’s fairy-tale king Ludwig II, he loved glamour, opulence, and excess. In his appearances as an actor and in advertisements, as a singer in the preliminary round for the Eurovision Song Contest and with books like «Mama und ich» (Mama and Me), he became a cult figure and his fashion boutique «Carnaval de Venise» in Maximilianstraße became a cult address and place of pilgrimage for Mosi fans.

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23 May

Thursday

Thu 23 May

Residenztheater, 19.30–20.50 o'clock

Jetzt oder nie (NOW OR NEVER)

An evening of songs by Florian Paul and Max Rothbart
Abo 41
Prices F
14 to 44 €

Imagine that you haven’t been born yet. And imagine too that your whole life so far is unimportant. Just like all the opportunities you might have missed or bad decisions you might have made. Leave it all behind you. In «Now or Never» we are going to make a completely fresh start!

Go to page «Jetzt oder nie (NOW OR NEVER)»

Thu 23 May

Cuvilliéstheater, 19.30–22.30 o'clock

Buddenbrooks

after the novel by Thomas Mann adapted for the stage by Bastian Kraft
Prices H
20 to 54 €

«And often the outward signs of ascent only become apparent once the decline has begun again.» In his 1901 novel, subtitled «The Decline of a Family», Thomas Mann uses precise characterisation and an ironic style to describe the incipient structural collapse of the grande bourgeoisie. Mann drew his inspiration for «Buddenbrooks» from the story of his own family in Lübeck and people of the city where he was living at the time: Munich. Mann shows the potential complexity of relations between North and South Germany with considerable humour in the relationship between Tony Buddenbrook and the Munich hop-trader Alois Permaneder.

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Thu 23 May

Marstall, 20.00–21.10 o'clock | THEATRE DAY

Yvonne, Prinzessin von Burgund (Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy)

by Witold Gombrowicz
Prices Theatertag

«Let’s say someone comes up to you and tells you you’re such and such a person, tells you the worst, says the most appalling things, things that could kill someone, absolutely destroy them, leave them speechless and lifeless. And then you say: Yes, that’s what I’m like, it’s true, but … But so what?» – With these words Prince Philip attempts to break down the reserve of his new fiancée Yvonne, but they also describe the essential plot of this first play by the Polish author Witold Gombrowicz.

Go to page «Yvonne, Prinzessin von Burgund (Yvonne, Princess of Burgundy)»

24 May

Friday

Fri 24 May

Cuvilliéstheater, 19.30–21.20 o'clock

Pygmalion

by Amir Reza Koohestani and Mahin Sadri after the comedy by George Bernard Shaw
World premiere / Commissioned work
Prices G
16 to 48 €

You are how you speak. Professor of Phonetics Higgins makes a bet with his friend Pickering that he can turn the energetic Eliza Doolittle, who sells flowers in the street to make ends meet and speaks the broadest dialect, into an upper-class lady with immaculate articulation. Eliza proves to be a disciplined and talented pupil who manages to pass the test of entering high society. Higgins attributes this success to his own genius and automatically lays claim to her. He fails to notice that his teaching has helped Eliza to become a self-aware and thoughtful woman who is not only capable of making her own decisions but of acting on them too.

Go to page «Pygmalion»

25 May

Saturday

Sat 25 May

Residenztheater, 19.30–21.50 o'clock | Only a few performances left!

Dantons Tod (Danton’s Death)

by Georg Büchner
Abo 64
Prices G
16 to 48 €

«Danton’s Death», written by the 22-year-old Georg Büchner in a mere five weeks in 1835 following extensive research, is based on historical sources and documents from the French Revolution, whose maxims of «liberty, equality and fraternity» shaped our understanding of modern European democracies. However, Büchner does not tell of the triumphant beginnings, the storming of the Bastille as part of a popular uprising that continues to be celebrated today, focusing instead on a few days towards the end of the Jacobins’ so-called reign of terror in the spring of 1794.

Go to page «Dantons Tod (Danton’s Death)»

Sat 25 May

Cuvilliéstheater, 19.30–21.30 o'clock

Die Fliegen (the flies)

by Jean-Paul Sartre with a prologue and epilogue by Thomas Köck
Prices G
16 to 48 €

After fifteen years in exile, Orestes returns incognito to his home city of Argos – the same city in which his father Agamemnon was murdered by his wife Clytemnestra and her lover Aegisthus on his victorious return from Troy. However, desire for revenge is not the reason for his spontaneous homecoming – it is the rumour of a mysterious plague of flies. When his sister Electra persuades him to stay, it gradually dawns on him that Clytemnestra and Aegisthus are not only cruelly oppressing the people, they have also implicated him in Agamemnon’s murder. Only then does Orestes decide to take action.

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Sat 25 May

Marstall, 20.00–21.10 o'clock | WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

blues in schwarz weiss (BLUES IN BLACK AND WHITE)

with texts by May Ayim and Julienne De Muirier
Prices V
28 €

In the two volumes of poetry that were published before her early death, May Ayim finds a concise, poetic language with which she processes her experiences of racism and lack of understanding alongside her childhood and her desire for love, her joy and her sadness. She plays with sounds, methods of writing and letters, and yet always finds very clear words for what needs to change in Germany.

Go to page «blues in schwarz weiss (BLUES IN BLACK AND WHITE)»

26 May

Sunday

Sun 26 May

Residenztheater, 18.30–20.50 o'clock | Only a few performances left!

Dantons Tod (Danton’s Death)

by Georg Büchner
Abo 73
Prices G
16 to 48 €

«Danton’s Death», written by the 22-year-old Georg Büchner in a mere five weeks in 1835 following extensive research, is based on historical sources and documents from the French Revolution, whose maxims of «liberty, equality and fraternity» shaped our understanding of modern European democracies. However, Büchner does not tell of the triumphant beginnings, the storming of the Bastille as part of a popular uprising that continues to be celebrated today, focusing instead on a few days towards the end of the Jacobins’ so-called reign of terror in the spring of 1794.

Go to page «Dantons Tod (Danton’s Death)»

27 May

Monday

Mon 27 May

Marstall, 19.00–21.00 o'clock | Audience discussion afterwards

Die Kopenhagen-Trilogie (The Copenhagen Trilogy)

based on the novels «Childhood» – «Youth» – «Dependency» by Tove Ditlevsen adapted for the stage by Tom Silkeberg
Prices V
28 €
If applicable, remaining tickets

Copenhagen’s working-class district of Vesterbro in the 1920s has little room for the talent and dreams of young Tove. She leaves school at the age of fourteen and is sent against her will to work as a maid and later as a clerical worker. However, she refuses to give up, publishes her early poems and stories and continues to seek her freedom as a writer. In the «Copenhagen Trilogy» Tove Ditlevsen uses her own biography to tell of an escape from a complicated everyday reality into storytelling, skilfully interweaving fiction and reality. Her first-person narrator, with whom she shares a name, delivers a humorous and laconic account of a personal life that is nevertheless political. 

Go to page «Die Kopenhagen-Trilogie (The Copenhagen Trilogy)»

Mon 27 May

Residenztheater, 20.00–21.30 o'clock | Audience discussion afterwards

Prima Facie

by Suzie Miller
Abo 14
Prices F
14 to 44 €

Tessa Ensler is a tough defence lawyer. In her early thirties she has managed what very few people believed she could: she has made her way from an underprivileged background to an elite university and on to a top legal firm. She specializes in defending cases of sexual assault. Is her rate of acquittals so high because she is a woman, as is rumoured – or is it because she is so good at spotting holes and contradictions in the statements of the female victims?

Go to page «Prima Facie»

28 May

Tuesday

Tue 28 May

Cuvilliéstheater, 19.30–22.30 o'clock

Buddenbrooks

after the novel by Thomas Mann adapted for the stage by Bastian Kraft
Prices H
20 to 54 €

«And often the outward signs of ascent only become apparent once the decline has begun again.» In his 1901 novel, subtitled «The Decline of a Family», Thomas Mann uses precise characterisation and an ironic style to describe the incipient structural collapse of the grande bourgeoisie. Mann drew his inspiration for «Buddenbrooks» from the story of his own family in Lübeck and people of the city where he was living at the time: Munich. Mann shows the potential complexity of relations between North and South Germany with considerable humour in the relationship between Tony Buddenbrook and the Munich hop-trader Alois Permaneder.

Go to page «Buddenbrooks»

Tue 28 May

Residenztheater, 20.00–21.20 o'clock

Jetzt oder nie (NOW OR NEVER)

An evening of songs by Florian Paul and Max Rothbart
Frühjahrs-Abo
Prices F
14 to 44 €

Imagine that you haven’t been born yet. And imagine too that your whole life so far is unimportant. Just like all the opportunities you might have missed or bad decisions you might have made. Leave it all behind you. In «Now or Never» we are going to make a completely fresh start!

Go to page «Jetzt oder nie (NOW OR NEVER)»

29 May

Wednesday

Wed 29 May

Marstall, 20.00–21.20 o'clock | 7.30 pm Introduction

Mitläufer (Fellow Travellers)

A research project by Noam Brusilovsky
World Premiere / Commissioned Work
Prices U
24 €

«Mitläufer» (Fellow Travellers) is a historical exploration of the contradictory biographies of those whose close contacts with the Nazi party helped them to reach the top echelons of the theatre. In this research project, the Residenztheater, one of the oldest German theatres, examines a dark chapter in its own history.

Go to page «Mitläufer (Fellow Travellers)»

30 May

Thursday

Thu 30 May

Residenztheater, 18.30–20.00 o'clock

Prima Facie

by Suzie Miller
Prices F
14 to 44 €

Tessa Ensler is a tough defence lawyer. In her early thirties she has managed what very few people believed she could: she has made her way from an underprivileged background to an elite university and on to a top legal firm. She specializes in defending cases of sexual assault. Is her rate of acquittals so high because she is a woman, as is rumoured – or is it because she is so good at spotting holes and contradictions in the statements of the female victims?

Go to page «Prima Facie»

Thu 30 May

Cuvilliéstheater, 19.30–22.30 o'clock

Buddenbrooks

after the novel by Thomas Mann adapted for the stage by Bastian Kraft
Prices H
20 to 54 €

«And often the outward signs of ascent only become apparent once the decline has begun again.» In his 1901 novel, subtitled «The Decline of a Family», Thomas Mann uses precise characterisation and an ironic style to describe the incipient structural collapse of the grande bourgeoisie. Mann drew his inspiration for «Buddenbrooks» from the story of his own family in Lübeck and people of the city where he was living at the time: Munich. Mann shows the potential complexity of relations between North and South Germany with considerable humour in the relationship between Tony Buddenbrook and the Munich hop-trader Alois Permaneder.

Go to page «Buddenbrooks»

31 May

Friday

Fri 31 May

Residenztheater, 19.30–22.10 o'clock | WITH ENGLISH SURTITLES

Drei Schwestern (Three sisters)

by Simon Stone after Anton Chekhov
Abo 52
Prices G
16 to 48 €

The Australian writer and director Simon Stone took Chekhov’s famous play as the starting point for his rewriting – voted «Play of the Year 2017» in «Theater heute» magazine – that combines rapid fire dialogue, subtle character studies and the ambivalence that arises from them while locating the play thematically in the here and now.

Go to page «Drei Schwestern (Three sisters)»

Fri 31 May

Cuvilliéstheater, 19.30–21.20 o'clock | Audience discussion afterwards

Pygmalion

by Amir Reza Koohestani and Mahin Sadri after the comedy by George Bernard Shaw
World premiere / Commissioned work
Prices G
16 to 48 €

You are how you speak. Professor of Phonetics Higgins makes a bet with his friend Pickering that he can turn the energetic Eliza Doolittle, who sells flowers in the street to make ends meet and speaks the broadest dialect, into an upper-class lady with immaculate articulation. Eliza proves to be a disciplined and talented pupil who manages to pass the test of entering high society. Higgins attributes this success to his own genius and automatically lays claim to her. He fails to notice that his teaching has helped Eliza to become a self-aware and thoughtful woman who is not only capable of making her own decisions but of acting on them too.

Go to page «Pygmalion»