The 10 Selected Productions

Spanish Fly

by Franz Arnold and Ernst Bach
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin

Premiere 29 June 2011

Frank Castorf’s old battleship at Rosa Luxemburg Platz is roaring with pleasure! Bourgeois entertainment by Arnold and Bach with the wonderfully critical title ‘Spanish Fly’.

Spanish Fly

Spanish Fly. Bastian Reiber, Wolfram Koch, Harald Warmbrunn, Hans Schenker, Sophie Rois

© Thomas Aurin

  • approx. 2h, no interval

Past Dates

Public discussion 17th May 2012, 22:00
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
Moderation Barbara Burckhardt

And what do we see? Prosperous Wilheminian individualism in full bloom: fully mechanised bourgeois puppets who think of nothing but money and sex behind the most honourable facades of decency. People who always talk of feelings and love while behaving like robots. Character actors who arouse our trust while at the same time believing each other capable of every deception and every despicable act possible. Deformed and freakish souls who play the most tasteless and most brutal jokes on each other. And the audience cheer in blissful understanding. Herbert Fritsch has hit the nerve of the capital.

Direction and stage design Herbert Fritsch
Costume design Victoria Behr
Music Ingo Günther
Lighting design Torsten König
Sound design Erwin Stache
Dramaturgy Sabrina Zwach

Ludwig Klinke Wolfram Koch
Emma Klinke, his wife Sophie Rois
Paula Klinke, daughter Mandy Rudski
Eduard Burwig, member of the parliament Hans Schenker
Wally Burwig, his daughter Inka Löwendorf
Alois Wimmer, Emma’s brother-in-law Werner Eng
Dr. Fritz Gerlach, attorney Christoph Letkowski
Anton Tiedemeier Harald Warmbrunn
Gottlieb Meisel, town councillor Stefan Staudinger
Mathilde Meisel, his wife ChrisTine Urspruch
Heinrich Meisel, son Bastian Reiber
Marie, housekeeper Betty Freudenberg