The 10 Selected Productions


By William Shakespeare
German translation by Frank Günther
Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg

Premiere 13 September 2004


© Arno Declair

  • 2 h 45 min, one interval

Past Dates

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Sun 7 May 22:30 spiegelBAR

War, lies, horror – it’s all part of the show. Every grubby and disreputable aspect of politics, which would have been kept strictly under wraps in an earlier time, is now better concealed in the glaring light of publicity. Desdemona, love, and jealousy are all relatively minor issues in this duel of two pop stars – we’re the ones who matter, the masses. Wolfram Koch’s Iago is a clever, late night talking head, whereas Alexander Scheer as Othello demonstrates the cultural and sexual potency of hybridity, capable of forcing admiration out of people. The considerable intelligence in Stefan Pucher’s interpretation of “Othello” lies in the subtle political commentaries which arise out of its aggressive interpretation of political and racial stereotypes.

“Lively, modern theatre with the right mix of videos, pop songs and top class actors“ (Hamburger Morgenpost).
In this peppy pop version of a classic “Stefan Pucher shows he can combine classical texts and contemporary speech like no other director” (FR).


Directed by Stefan Pucher
Stage Design Barbara Ehnes
Costume Design Annabelle Witt
Dramaturgy Ingo Berk
Music Lieven Brunckhorst
Lighting Design Dierk Breimeier
Video Chris Kondek / Frank Bußacker

Othello Alexander Scheer
Desdemona, his wife Jana Schulz
Cassio, his second lieutenant Guido Lambrecht
Jago, his sergeant Wolfram Koch
Rodrigo, a young Venitian Ben Daniel Jöhnk
Emilia, Jago’s wife Christina Rubruck
Doge of Venice Franz-Josef Steffens
Brabantio, Desdemona’s father Martin Pawlowsky
Montano, governor of Cyprus Martin Pawlowsky
Bianca, a courtesan Lisa-Marie Janke

as well as Max Bauer, Uwe Behrmann, Horst Hoffmann, Axel König, Gudo Matiat, Wolf Prelle, Benjamin Studt, Peter Thaesler, Christian Wolany