The 10 Selected Productions

Die Leiden des jungen Werthers (The Sorrows of Young Werther)

By Johann Wolfgang Goethe
Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin

Premiere 29 September 2006
The Sorrows of Young Werther

The Sorrows of Young Werther. Fritzi Haberlandt, Hans Löw

© Bettina Stöß

  • 1h 50, no interval

Past Dates

Talk with the audience
Moderation Tobi Müller
Mon 14 May 21:50

The word “I” could hang above the safety curtain in front of which Goethe’s young Werther talks of the pains of love which infect his soul. “I” is the first word with which Hans Löw in the title role walks on stage: an egomaniac Narcissus, a spoilt pleasure-seeker who throws himself into an unrequitable love with Fritzi Haberlandt’s Lotte as if it is a utopian self-realisation project. He almost makes Lotte’s boring fiancé (Ronald Kukulies) a realistic alternative. Pragmatism, self-pity and hubris – Jan Bosse has directed Goethe’s text as elegant pop literature which aims straight for the empty heart of the present. And is great, young actors’ theatre.


Directed by Jan Bosse
Stage Design Stéphane Laimé
Costume Design Kathrin Plath
Music Arno P. Jiri Kraehahn, Sebastian Morsch
Dramaturgy Andrea Koschwitz

Hans Löw Werther
Fritzi Haberlandt Lotte
Ronald Kukulies Albert