The 10 Selected Productions

Trommeln in der Nacht (Drums in the Night)

By/after Bertolt Brecht
Münchner Kammerspiele

Premiere 14 December 2017
Trommeln in der Nacht

Trommeln in der Nacht. Damian Rebgetz, Hannes Hellmann, Wiebke Mollenhauer, Christian Löber, Wiebke Puls, Nils Kahnwald

© Julian Baumann

  • 2h, no interval
  • With English surtitles

Past Dates

Public discussion on 11 May, following the performance
3sat Prize Awarding to Wiebke Puls on 10 May, following the performance.

SAT 12 May 2018, 16:00
Public Viewing, Sony Center at Potsdamer Platz

Sat 19 May 2018, 20:15
3sat TV recording

Bertolt Brecht’s play “Trommeln in der Nacht (Drums in the Night)” premiered at Münchner Kammerspiele on 29 September 1922, directed by Otto Falckenberg. Around a hundred years later, Christoph Rüping stages an excitingly new version of the drama at the same theatre: By having his cast imitate the acting attitudes of the past and confront them with the theatre conventions of today, he pays homage to the old and praises what is to come. It is the story of Andreas Kragler, who returns home from the war and must make a choice between revolution and love. Outside, the Spartacus uprising is raging, but inside, private happiness awaits. The young Brecht sent his protagonist to Anna’s bed, but later in life, the playwright regretted his decision. And so Rüping has the company play one version “by Brecht” and one “based on Brecht”. Both times, the seductive force of the theatre remains beyond doubt. Over two hours, the company creates an immensely entertaining, touching and encouraging show about the power of the theatre, the departure towards a new day and love as an all too broad subject.

Directed by Christopher Rüping
Stage Design Jonathan Mertz
Costume Design Lene Schwind
Music Paul Hankinson, Damian Rebgetz
Musical Advice Christoph Hart
Lighting Design Christian Schweig
Dramaturgy Katinka Deecke

Hannes Hellmann
Nils Kahnwald
Christian Löber
Wiebke Mollenhauer
Wiebke Puls
Damian Rebgetz