On the Royal Road

Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg

Saturday 23. 5. 2020

15:00

Janáček Theatre

Genre: Drama, Foreign

Length of performance: 3 hours 30 min with an interval

Attention, a new king is coming! What will he be like? A right-wing populist! A spectacular production by the director Falk Richter of a play by Austrian Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek. A chillingly accurate and witty work of political theatre about a new king and the return of old orders – nationalism and racism. Inspired not only by Donald Trump!

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Tickets from 425 CZK

Option of gaining a festival quantity discount of -25 %.

Attention, a new king is coming! What will he be like? A right-wing populist! A spectacular production by the director Falk Richter of a play by Austrian Nobel Prize winner Elfriede Jelinek. A chillingly accurate and witty work of political theatre about a new king and the return of old orders – nationalism and racism. Inspired not only by Donald Trump!

Even though the play itself, as well as the Hamburg ensemble led by the outstanding Benny Claessens, inventively parody Trump´s media self-stylization, the production On the Royal Road radiates despair at the return of ideologies which have killed millions of people in the past, and criticizes our own blindness to them, a blindness which can lead to tragedies of ancient proportions. The production was awarded the Audience Award at the prestigious Mülheimer Theatertagen festival and obtained four nominations in the poll organized by the specialised magazine Theater Heute in the categories “play of the year”, “production of the year”, “male acting performance” and “costumes”. It won in the first category mentioned.

 

“A spectacular on-stage rollercoaster ride over the abysses of pain and humour. Loud, noisy, unavoidable”

Bernd Noack, Neue Zürcher Zeitung, 29. 10. 2017

 

“A great clown theatre of the world.”

Christine Dössel, Süddeutsche Zeitung, 1. 11. 2017

 

“What more could one want from an evening at the theatre?”

3sat Kulturzeit

Author: Elfriede Jelinek

Direction: Falk Richter

Dramaturgy: Rita Thiele

Stage design: Kathrin Hoffmann

Costumes: Andy Besuch

Music: Matthias Grübel

Video: Michel Auder, Meika Dresenkamp

 Cast: Idil Baydar, Benny Claessens, Matti Krause, Anne Müller, Ilse Ritter, Tilman Strauß, Julia Wieninger, Frank Willens

Discounts valid at National Theatre Brno can be applied when purchasing tickets. The discount for senior citizens and handicapped persons is -50 %, and the discount for students is -30 %. Discounts are not cumulative.