Opening night: 15/09/2017
Next performances:
Thalia Theater Hamburg Germany
Zola Marathon


1 family, 17 actors and actresses, 3 musicians, 7 novels.

Director Luk Perceval has created three theatre evenings from Émile Zola’s 20-part cycle of books about the Rougonc Macquart family. ‘Love’, ‘Money’ and ‘Hunger’ are the productions, all playing in a one day marathon. It’s a huge project, similar to the legendary ‘Schlachten’, which made Luk Perceval famous in Germany.

Where did we come from? How did we become the people we are today? Zola’s eventful story of a 19th century family explains how industrialisation and capitalism radically change the lives of human beings. His novels are full of restless, driven characters, hungry on the search for happiness, love and a better life. Across all three theatre evenings one question arises: Can we influence our own fate? Or are we just pawns of nature? Love _ Money _ Hunger _ what drives us as human beings? What are we dreaming of? Where do we want to go?

In this family saga, 12 Thalia actors and actresses embody various characters, including figures from the famous novels, ‘Germinal’, ‘The Human Beast’, ‘L’Assommoir’, ‘Money’ and ‘Nana’.
As a special theatrical event, on selected dates you have the chance to see all three plays in one night _ with four intervals, catering and behind the scenes video of rehearsals.
The marathon theatre evening has already been invited to Amsterdam, Luxemburg, St. Petersburg and Korea.

Stephan Bissmeier
Barbara Nüsse
Marie Jung
Oda Thormeyer
Pascal Houdus
Gabriela Maria Schmeide
Sebastian Rudolph
Rafael Stachowiak
Maja Schöne
Tilo Werner
Patrick Bartsch
Patrycia Ziolkowska
Nikolai Gemel
Andre Grave
Valentin Richter
Sebastian Doppelbauer
Thore Lüthje

Author Emile Zola
Adaptation Luk Perceval
Direction Luk Perceval
Scenography Annette Kurz
Costumes Ilse Vandenbussche
Lighting design Mark van Denesse
Dramaturgy Susanne Meister, Jeroen Versteele
Music Sebastian Gille, Ferdinand Försch, Lothar Müller

Related links

LIEBE - GELD - HUNGER. Trilogie meiner Familie.