The Shortlisted Productions 2019

These 33 productions were considered and discussed by the jury.


Leonce und Lena
Play by Georg Büchner
Directed by Thom Luz
Theater Basel
Premiere 26 October 2017

Woyzeck [selected]
Play by Georg Büchner
Directed by Ulrich Rasche
Theater Basel
Premiere 15 September 2017


Based on James Joyce
German translation by Hans Wollschläger
Version by Sebastian Hartmann and ensemble
Directed by Sebastian Hartmann
Deutsches Theater Berlin
Premiere 19 January 2018

Roma Armee
By Yael Ronen & ensemble
Based on an idea by Sandra and Simonida Selimović
Directed by Yael Ronen
Maxim Gorki Theater, Berlin
World premiere 14 September 2017

Verräter. Die letzten Tage
A project by Falk Richter
Directed by Falk Richter
Maxim Gorki Theater
World premiere 28 April 2017

Winterreise رحلة الشتاء
By Yael Ronen & Exil Ensemble
Directed by Yael Ronen
Maxim Gorki Theater / Schauspielhaus Zürich
World premiere 8 April 2017

Nationaltheater Reinickendorf [selected]
By Vegard Vinge / Ida Müller
By and with Vegard Vinge, Ida Müller and others
Nationaltheater Reinickendorf, Berlin
Production Vinge/Müller & Berliner Festspiele / Immersion
World premiere 1 July 2017

Rückkehr nach Reims [selected]
Based on the novel of the same name by Didier Eribon
German translation from the French by Tobias Haberkorn
in a version of the Schaubühne
Directed by Thomas Ostermeier
Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz, Berlin
Co-production with Manchester International Festival (MIF), HOME Manchester and Théâtre de la Ville Paris
German-language premiere 24 September 2017

Faust [selected]
Based on Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Directed by Frank Castorf
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz, Berlin (under the Artistic Direction of Frank Castorf)
Premiere 3 March 2017

Women in Trouble
By Susanne Kennedy
Direction and text Susanne Kennedy
Volksbühne Berlin
Co-production with Theater Rotterdam
World premiere 30 November 2017


Based on Henrik Ibsen
Directed by Hermann Schmidt-Rahmer
Schauspielhaus Bochum
in collaboration with the University of the Arts Berlin
Premiere 21 September 2017


Michael Kohlhaas
By Heinrich von Kleist
Directed by Matthias Hartmann
Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
Premiere 18 February 2017


Kein Licht. (2011/2012/2017)
A Thinkplay by Philippe Manoury and Nicolas Stemann
Based on the play “Kein Licht.” by Elfriede Jelinek
Usind the additional texts “Epilog?” (2012) and “Der Einzige, sein Eigentum (Hello darkness, my old friend)” (2017)
Directed by Nicolas Stemann
Landschaftspark Duisburg Nord, Gebläsehalle
Commissioned and produced by Opéra Comique in co-production with Ruhrtriennale / Festival Musica de Strasbourg / Opéra national du Rhin / Croatian National Theater in Zagreb / Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg / IRCAM – Centre Pompidou / United Instruments of Lucilin / Münchner Kammerspiele
World premiere 25 August 2017


Faust :: Mein Brustkorb : Mein Helm
By Werner Schwab
Directed by Claudia Bauer
Schauspielhaus Graz
Austrian premiere 29 September 2017


Am Königsweg [selected]
By Elfriede Jelinek
Directed by Falk Richter
Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg
World Premiere 28 October 2017

Das halbe Leid
A performance installation by SIGNA
Conceived by Signa Köstler
Directed by SIGNA (Signa and Arthur Köstler)
Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg
World premiere 16 November 2017

Der zerbrochne Krug
By Heinrich von Kleist
Directed by Michael Thalheimer
Deutsches Schauspielhaus Hamburg
World premiere 25 March 2017

Das achte Leben (Für Brilka)
By Nino Haratischwili
Stage version by Emilia Heinrich, Julia Lochte and Jette Steckel
Directed by Jette Steckel
Thalia Theater, Hamburg
World premiere 8 April 2017

Die Odyssee [selected]
Eine Irrfahrt nach Homer
Directed by Antú Romero Nunes
Thalia in der Gaußstraße, Hamburg
Premiere 20 May 2017

Michael Kohlhaas
A German uproar based on Heinrich von Kleist
Directed by Antú Romero Nunes
Thalia Theater
Premiere 21 January 2018


Das Heuvolk
A performance installation
Conceived and directed by Signa Köstler with Arthur Köstler
Nationaltheater Mannheim
World premiere 16 June 2017


Die Selbstmord-Schwestern / The Virgin Suicides
Based on motives of the novel by Jeffrey Eugenides
German translation by Mechthild Sandberg-Ciletti
Revised by Eike Schönfeld
In a version by Susanne Kennedy
Directed by Susanne Kennedy
Münchner Kammerspiele
Co-production with Volksbühne Berlin
World premiere 30 March 2017 |

Mittelreich [selected]
Music theatre based on the novel by Josef Bierbichler
Based on the production by Anna-Sophie Mahler
Conceived and directed by Anta Helena Recke
Münchner Kammerspiele
A production by Münchner Kammerspiele and Anta Helena Recke
Premiere 12 October 2017

Trommeln in der Nacht [selected]
By / based on Bertolt Brecht
Directed by Christopher Rüping
Münchner Kammerspiele
Premiere 14 December 2017


Die Fremden / Der Kaufmann von Venedig
Play by William Shakespeare
German translation by Angelika Gundlach and Frank Günther (Die Fremden)
Directed by Stefan Otteni
Theater Münster
Premiere 4 November 2017


Eine Monstretragödie (first version 1894)
By Frank Wedekind
Directed by Athina Rachel Tsangari
Salzburger Festspiele
Premiere 17 August 2017


Das 1. Evangelium
Loosely based on the Gospel according to Matthew
Directed by Kay Voges
Schauspiel Stuttgart
World premiere 19 January 2018


Die Welt im Rücken [selected]
Based on the novel of the same name by Thomas Melle
Directed by Jan Bosse
Burgtheater im Akademietheater, Wien
World premiere 11 March 2017

Based on the novel by Joseph Roth
Adapted by Koen Tachelet
Directed by Johan Simons
Premiere 14 December 2017


Ein Zyklus im Schiffbau
Version using “The Trojan Women“ by John von Düffel based on Euripides (interlinear translation Gregor Schreiner) and “Iphigenia at Aulis” by Soeren Voima based on Euripides
Directed by Karin Henkel
Schauspielhaus Zürich
World premiere 2 December 2017

Die 120 Tage von Sodom
By Milo Rau based on motives by Pier Paolo Pasolini and Donatien Alphonse François de Sade
Text and direction Milo Rau
Schauspielhaus Zürich
Cooperation with Theater HORA, Zurich
World premiere 10 February 2017 |

Grimmige Märchen
A fairy tale by Herbert Fritsch
Directed by Herbert Fritsch
Schauspielhaus Zürich
World premiere 7 April 2017

Mir nämeds uf öis
By Christoph Marthaler and ensemble
Directed by Christoph Marthaler
Schauspielhaus Zürich
World premiere 14 December 2017