Theatre | The 10 Selected Productions


By Euripides
German translation by Peter Krumme

Schauspiel Frankfurt

Premiere 14 April 2012

Medea, © Birgit Hupfeld

Medea. Constanze Becker © Birgit Hupfeld

Launch party 3 May 2013, following the performance
with DJ Tinko

Public discussion 4 May 2013, following the performance
Haus der Berliner Festspiele, Kubus
with the ensemble and Ulrike Kahle-Steinweh (jury)
Moderation Tobi Müller

In contemporary theatre, Colchian Medea is mainly known as a great tragedian, enraptured and enamoured of pathos or, by the dim light of kitchen psychology, as the cheated wife next door, as it were. In the face of this, Constanze Becker achieves something truly sensational in Michael Thalheimer’s Frankfurt Euripides production:

By avoiding both these traps of stereotype, Becker always allows the concrete to shine through the universal myth, and vice versa – not by a process of elimination, but dialectically, not by resounding loudly, but by being unaffected and clear. In fact, this Medea, acting alone on a raised stage protrusion in Olaf Altmann’s appropriately massive set, almost as far apart from her fellow actors as from the stalls, allows us to watch her think. Thalheimer’s production strips away traditional histories of interpretation without reducing the height of the tragic fall, thus conquering new facets for this ancient character.

Directed by Michael Thalheimer
Stage design Olaf Altmann
Costume design Nehle Balkhausen
Music Bert Wrede
Video Alexander du Prel
Lighting design John Delaere
Dramaturgy Sibylle Baschung

Nurse Josefin Platt
Chorus of Corinthian Women Bettina Hoppe
Medea Constanze Becker
Creon Martin Rentzsch
Jason Marc Oliver Schulze
Aegeus Michael Benthin
Messenger Viktor Tremmel