The 10 Selected Producitons

Väter und Söhne (Fathers and Sons)

By Brian Friel based on the novel by Ivan Turgenev
German translation by Inge and Gottfried Greiffenhagen
Version of Daniela Löffner and David Heiligers

Deutsches Theater Berlin

Premiere Deutsches Theater Berlin: 12 December 2015

Väter und Söhne (Fathers and Sons)

Väter und Söhne (Fathers and Sons). f.l.: Franziska Machens, Marcel Kohler, Kathleen Morgeneyer, Lisa Hrdina, Elke Petri, Hanna Hilsdorf, Markwart Müller-Elmau, Benjamin Radjaipour, Helmut Mooshammer

© Arno Declair

  • Duration 4h, one interval
  • With English surtitles. Surtitles for “Väter und Söhne” are only readable from a few seats. For further information please contact the ticket office +49 30 254 89 100

Past Dates

Public discussion on 15 May, following the performance

Daniela Löffner has succeeded in directing a clearly narrated and, in all its playful lightness, intelligent and sensitive production. Her treatment of Turgenev’s novel “Fathers and Sons” trusts the actors. With empathy, precision and not without humour, she shows us a group of people tangled up in their emotions, a group that we follow spellbound through the four hours of the show. Turgenev’s novel explores a generation conflict among the privileged classes. Students lounging in a pose of grand refusal and proudly announcing their own nihilism, while the servant serves their tea, are barely distinguishable from today’s Hipsters. Daniela Löffner’s directing, just like Turgenev’s writing, is not that of an ideologue, but that of a clear-sighted observer, blessed with a sense of humane mockery. So she chooses not to judge, but rather to let the conflict unfold casually, trusting in the highly contoured drawing of its characters. She accomplishes the feat of presenting Turgenev as a predecessor of Chekhov’s and to hold the balance between dry humour and unsentimental melancholy.

Directed by Daniela Löffner
Stage design Regina Lorenz-Schweer
Costume design Katja Strohschneider
Musical rehearsal Katharina Debus, Ingo Schröder
Lighting design Marco Scherle
Dramaturgy David Heiligers

Arkady Nikolaevich Kirsanov, student Marcel Kohler
Yevgeny Vasilevich Bazarov, student Alexander Khuon
Nikolai Petrovich Kirsanov, Arkady’s father Helmut Mooshammer
Pavel Petrovich Kirsanov, Arkady’s uncle Oliver Stokowski
Vasily Ivanovich Bazarov, Yevgeny’s father Bernd Stempel
Arina Vlasevna Bazarova, Yevgeny’s mothers Katrin Klein
Fenichka Feodosya Nikolayevna, Nikolai’s lover Lisa Hrdina
Anna Sergeyevna Odintsova, landowner Franziska Machens
Katerina Sergeevna, Anna’s sister Kathleen Morgeneyer / Wiebke Mollenhauer
Princess Olga, Anna’s aunt Elke Petri
Dunyasha, maid at the Kirsanovs’ Hanna Hilsdorf
Prokofitch, body servant at the Kirsanov’s Markwart Müller-Elmau
Pjotr, servant at the den Kirsanov’s / Fedka, temporary servant at the den Bazarovs’ Benjamin Radjaipour