Opening night: 02/04/2011
Next performances:
Draussen vor der Tür


Soldier Beckmann returns from the War to the ravaged city of Hamburg. The place he once called home is now a complete stranger to him. Wandering through the labyrinth of destruction, he is pursued by images of the horrors of battle. Homeless and deprived of sleep, the River Elbe offers the only way out. Downstream, it carries his body to a watery grave.

Wolfgang Borchert, himself a survivor of the trauma of Stalingrad, described “The Man Outside” as “a play that no theatre wants to perform and no audience wants to see”. Not long after its publication, the text became the “cry” of a whole generation. Shortly after the world premiere of the play in November 1947, Borchert succumbed to the wounds he had sustained on the battlefield.

Felix Knopp
Peter Maertens
Barbara Nüsse
Dog Kessler
Dirk Ritz
Marco Smedtje

Text Wolfgang Borchert
Adaptation Luk Perceval
Direction Luk Perceval
Scenography Katrin Brack
Costumes Anja Sohre
Lighting design Paulus Vogt
Dramaturgy Tarun Kade
Music & musicians Paul Lemp
Dog Kessler
Dirk Ritz
Marco Smedtje
Stefan Wulff

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