The 10 Selected Productions


Drama by Georg Büchner
Theater Basel

Premiere 15 September 2017

Woyzeck. Nicola Mastroberardino and ensemble

© Sandra Then

  • 3h 15, one interval
  • With English surtitles

Past Dates

Public discussion on 18 May, following the performance

SAT 5 May 2018, 20:15
3sat TV recording

SUN 13 May 2018, 16:00
Public Viewing, Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz

What a deeply unhappy text this “Woyzeck” is, despairing of the world. Rarely has its hopelessness found such poignant expression as in this production, which is in fact a precisely synchronized machine, where sound, words and movement interlock like a well-greased clockwork, giving each other momentum. There are breathtaking stage situations, and what is most astonishing is that this spectacular machine (which is always visibly and audibly recognisable as a machine – and as such develops a beauty all its own) frees an unimagined level of emotionality, a directness of narration that is hard to escape – far beyond any obvious imagery implied by the machine wheel and the circular motion, although it admittedly exactly corresponds with Woyzeck’s hopeless “always”. Even images of nature, like a field or the moors, are evoked with astonishing vividness by this setting that has no a priori connotations of natural environment whatsoever. Above all else, however, it evokes the drama of Woyzeck’s hopeless run.

Direction and Stage Design Ulrich Rasche
Associate Stage Design Sabine Mäder
Costume Design Sara Schwartz
Composition Monika Roscher
Sound Design Alexander Maschke
Lighting Design Cornelius Hunziker
Choir Direction Toni Jessen
Dramaturgy Constanze Kargl

Franz Woyzeck Nicola Mastroberardino
Marie Franziska Hackl
Captain Thiemo Strutzenberger
Doctor Florian von Manteuffel
Drum Major Michael Wächter
Andres Max Rothbart
Margreth / Crier / The Jew Barbara Horvath
Crier / Apprentices Toni Jessen, Justus Pfankuch

Viola Alexander Maschke
Piano Sebastian Hirsig
Drums Katelyn King
Bassoon Lucas Rössner
Electric Bass Theo Evers

The performances are supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council.