Hamletmachine by Heiner Muller


From 05.06.2009 to 05.06.2009

The starting point of Müller’s work is a long exchange of ideas between the writer and William Shakespeare's Hamlet. Müller wrote this strange and mysterious play in 1977, while translating Shakespeare's play for Benno Besson’s Deutsches Theater production.
It borrows key scenes and characters from Shakespeare's work, but without copying the action and the dialogue. Hamlet, or rather an actor playing Hamlet and Ophelia in Dimiter Gotscheff’s staging of the play for the Deutsches Theater, appears as a ghost haunted by figures from the past. From a nightmarish juxtaposition of contradictory collective experiences, many issues relating to European history emerge.

In collaboration with the Hellenic Festival.
Production sponsor: Goethe-Institut Athen


Agiou Konstantinou 22-24, 10437,Athens, phones: +302105288100

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