The 10 Selected Productions

Dirty Hands

By Jean-Paul Sartre
based on a new translation by Eva Groepler
Thalia Theater, Hamburg

Premiere 22 April 2006
Dirty Hands

Dirty Hands

© Arno Declair

  • 3h, one interval
  • With English surtitles

Past Dates

Talk with the audience
Moderation Gerhard Jörder
Wed 9 May 23:00

Anyone who thought that Sartre’s philosophical debate between revolutionary morality and revolutionary action would cease to have any resonance in a dreamlessly materialistic present will find itself corrected by Andreas Kriegenburg. His production, on the surface virtuoso entertainment and breathless slapstick, dances in circles around the utopian idea of action like an empty space which cries out to be filled – only how? Middle class Hugo (Hans Löw) is a twitchy child, as unsuited to action as he is to love, Judith Hofmann as his wife Jessica is a brilliant player of games, who is the only one capable of seeing through everything for what it is. And Jörg Pose’s party official Hoederer is a power-conscious professional politician without ideals in the manner of Schröder. At the crossroads between sobriety and longing, Kriegenburg and his magnificent actors prove the importance of being earnest by means of playfulness.


Directed by Andreas Kriegenburg
Stage and Costume Design Ricarda Beilharz
Lighting Design Stefan Bolliger
Dramaturgy Claus Caesar

Jörg Pose Hoederer
Hans Löw Hugo
Paula Dombrowski Olga
Judith Hofmann Jessica
Helmut Mooshammer Louis
Daniel Hoevels The Prince / Slick
Jörg Koslowsky Georges / Karsky