The scaffolding of the grandstand in the Haus der Berliner Festspiele in a close-up.

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The 2023 Shortlisted Productions

33 productions were suggested and discussed for an invitation to the 2023 Theatertreffen by the jury members.


By Boris Nikitin, Sebastian Nübling and the company
Concept and Directors Boris Nikitin, Sebastian Nübling
Theater Basel in cooperation with junges theater basel
World premiere 26 May 2022 (Theater Basel) |

Ein Sommernachtstraum (A Midsummer Night’s Dream) [selected]
By William Shakespeare
German translation by Angela Schanelec in cooperation with Jürgen Gosch and Wolfgang Wiens
In a version by Antú Romero Nunes and the company
Director Antú Romero Nunes
Theater Basel
Premiere 17 December 2022

Einstein on the Beach
Opera in four acts by Philip Glass and Robert Wilson
Concept Susanne Kennedy, Markus Selg
Director Susanne Kennedy
Theater Basel in cooperation with Berliner Festspiele and Wiener Festwochen
Premiere 4 June 2022 (Theater Basel) |



Angabe der Person (Specification of the Person)
By Elfriede Jelinek
Director Jossi Wieler
Deutsches Theater Berlin
World premiere 16 December 2022

Der Einzige und sein Eigentum [selected]
A piece of musical theatre by Sebastian Hartmann and PC Nackt based on Max Stirner
Director and Set Designer Sebastian Hartmann
Deutsches Theater Berlin
Premiere 4 September 2022

Leonce und Lena (Leonce and Lena)
By Georg Büchner
Director and Set Designer Ulrich Rasche
Deutsches Theater Berlin
Premiere 20 January 2023

Bühnenbeschimpfung (Offending the Stage)
(Liebe ich es nicht mehr oder liebe ich es zu sehr?)
By Sivan Ben Yishai
German translation by Maren Kames
Director Sebastian Nübling
Maxim Gorki Theater
World premiere 17 December 2022

By Caroline Guiela Nguyen
German translation by Uli Menke
Text and Staging Caroline Guiela Nguyen
Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz in co-production with PROSPERO
Cooperation with Les Hommes Approximatifs (company), Valence
Sponsored by Heinz und Heide Dürr Stiftung
World premiere 7 October 2022

JESSICA – an Incarnation
By Susanne Kennedy and Markus Selg
Concept, Staging and Text Susanne Kennedy
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz in co-production with Boogaerdt/Van der Schoot
World premiere 24 February 2022

Ophelia’s Got Talent [selected]
By Florentina Holzinger
Concept and Staging Florentina Holzinger
A production of Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz and Spirit in co-production with Productiehuis Theater Rotterdam, Tanzquartier Wien, Arsenic Lausanne, asphalt Festival, Gessnerallee Zürich, Kampnagel Internationales Sommerfestival and DE SINGEL Antwerpen
With funding from Kulturabteilung der Stadt Wien and Bundesministerium für Kunst, Kultur, öffentlichen Dienst und Sport
World premiere 15 September 2022 (Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz) | | | | | | | |

By Golda Barton based on Anton Chekhov’s “Three Sisters”
Based on an idea by Isabelle Redfern
Directors Isabelle Redfern, Katharina Stoll
A production of Glossy Pain
With funding from Hauptstadtkulturfonds
Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz
World premiere 16 November 2022



Der Bus nach Dachau [selected]
A 21st century memorial play
By De Warme Winkel and the company
Concept and Staging Vincent Rietveld, Ward Weemhoff (De Warme Winkel)
A production of Schauspielhaus Bochum and De Warme Winkel
Co-produced by Internationaal Theater Amsterdam
World premiere 5 November 2022 (Schauspielhaus Bochum) | |

Kinder der Sonne (Children of the Sun) [selected]
By Maxim Gorki
German translation by Ulrike Zemme
Director Mateja Koležnik
Schauspielhaus Bochum
Premiere 7 October 2022



Hamlet [selected]
Tragedy by William Shakespeare
In a version by Philipp Preuss based on the German translation by Marius von Mayenburg
Director Philipp Preuss
Anhaltisches Theater Dessau
Premiere 25 March 2022



By William Shakespeare in a version by Lara Foot
German translation by Erich Fried with complementary translation by Henning Bochert (German) and Sanele kaNtshingana (isiXhosa)
Director Lara Foot
Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus
Premiere 2 September 2022



Das Ereignis
By Annie Ernaux
German translation by Sonja Finck
In a stage version by Annalisa Engheben and Finnja Denkewitz
Director Annalisa Engheben
Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg
With funding from Freunde des Deutschen Schauspielhauses in Hamburg e. V.
German-language premiere 14 October 2022

By Victor Martinovich
German translation by Thomas Weiler
Director and Set Designer Dušan David Pařízek
Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg
World premiere 13 Mai 2022

By Georg Büchner
In a version by Lucia Bihler and Mats Süthoff
Director Lucia Bihler
Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg
Premiere 29 October 2022


Das Vermächtnis (The Inheritance)
By Matthew Lopez
German translation by Hannes Becker
Based on the novel “Howards End” by Edward Morgan Forster
Director Ronny Jakubaschk
Schauspiel Hannover
Premiere 22 April 2022

Der nackte Wahnsinn (Noises Off)
By Michael Frayn
German translation by Ursula Lyn
Director Anne Lenk
Schauspiel Hannover
Premiere 28 December 2022

Mülheim an der Ruhr

Germania. Römischer Komplex
By Anagoor
Director Simone Derai
Theater an der Ruhr
With funding from Ministerium für Kultur und Wissenschaft des Landes NRW
World premiere 5 February 2022


Nora [selected]
A thriller by Sivan Ben Yishai, Henrik Ibsen, Gerhild Steinbuch, Ivna Žic
German translation by Tobias Herzberg and Hinrich Schmidt-Henkel
Director Felicitas Brucker
Münchner Kammerspiele
World premiere 7 October 2022

Wer immer hofft, stirbt singend
Repair of a revue, from stories and themes by Alexander Kluge
Idea and Concept Jan-Christoph Gockel, Claus Philipp
Director Jan-Christoph Gockel
Münchner Kammerspiele
World premiere 2 April 2022

Das Käthchen von Heilbronn (Käthchen of Heilbronn)
Based on Heinrich von Kleist in a version by Elsa-Sophie Jach with excerpts from “Kein Ort. Nirgends (No Place on Earth)” by Christa Wolf
Director Elsa-Sophie Jach
Residenztheater (Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel)
Premiere 1 December 2022

Das Vermächtnis (The Inheritance) [selected]
Part 1 and Part 2
By Matthew Lopez
German translation by Hannes Becker
Based on the novel “Howards End” by E.M. Forster
Director and Set Designer Philipp Stölzl
Residenztheater (Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel)
German-language premiere 30 January 2022

Valentiniade. Sportliches Singspiel mit allen Mitteln
By and based on Karl Valentin and with texts by Michel Decar
Director Claudia Bauer
Residenztheater (Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel)
Premiere 16 December 2022


Verrückt nach Trost
By Thorsten Lensing
Director Thorsten Lensing
Co-production of Salzburger Festspiele and Thorsten Lensing with Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg, Sophiensæle Berlin, Kampnagel Hamburg, Theater Chur, asphalt Festival Düsseldorf, Theater im Pumpenhaus Münster, Künstlerhaus Mousonturm Frankfurt am Main
World premiere 6 August 2022 (Salzburger Festspiele)


Die Eingeborenen von Maria Blut [selected]
By Maria Lazar
Stage version by Lucia Bihler and Alexander Kerlin
Director Lucia Bihler
World premiere 20 January 2023

Die Troerinnen (The Trojan Women)
Based on Euripides
With texts by Euripides, Ovid, Seneca and Jane M. Griffiths
Version by Adena Jacobs and Aaron Orzech
German translation by Gerhild Steinbuch
Director Adena Jacobs
Premiere 23 April 2022

Zwiegespräch [selected]
By Peter Handke
Director Rieke Süßkow
World premiere 8 December 2022

Karoline und Kasimir – Noli me tangere
Based on Ödön von Horváth
A play by Nature Theater of Oklahoma
German translation by Ulrich Blumenbach
Staging and Text Nature Theater of Oklahoma / Kelly Copper, Pavol Liška
World premiere 25 February 2022


Das kranke Haus
By Theater Hora & vorschlag:hammer
Concept and Staging vorschlag:hammer – Kristofer Gudmundsson, Gesine Hohmann, Bernhard Ladous, Stephan Stock
Staging Theater Hora with the collective vorschlag:hammer
A production of Theater Hora and vorschlag:hammer in co-production with Fabriktheater Rote Fabrik, Zurich
With funding from the Programme for the Promotion of Excellence by Ministerium für Familie, Kinder, Jugend, Kultur und Sport des Landes NRW
Premiere 29 March 2022 (Fabriktheater Rote Fabrik) | |

Sonne, los jetzt!
By Elfriede Jelinek
Director Nicolas Stemann
Schauspielhaus Zürich
World premiere 15 December 2022