The acclaimed director Herbert Fritsch (whose work includes Murmel Murmel) will create a new production for Schauspielhaus Bochum  as part of the 2019/2020 season.

Herbert Fritsch was born in Augsburg in 1951, trained as an actor, and from 1993 to 2007 was one of the most influential figures at the Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz Berlin  under the artistic directorship of Frank Castorf. His decisive breakthrough as a director came in 2011 with two invitations to the Berlin Theatertreffen. Since then he has worked at major theatres such as the Berlin Volksbühne, Schauspielhaus Zürich, Schauspielhaus Hamburg, the Vienna Burgtheater and the Berlin Schaubühne. His productions have been invited to the Berliner Theatertreffen on seven occasions and have toured the world. He was awarded the Berlin Theatre Prize in 2017.

The jury wrote: “Fritsch gives his actors the freedom to grimace uninhibitedly, mug artfully, make eccentric noises and indulge in hair-raising slapstick acrobatics. The art of his directing is based on a space he has designed himself and the bodies of the performers that are exaggerated in ways that range from the comic to the grotesque. What Fritsch and his superb companies extract from those bodies has far more to do with choreography, physics and defying these than with narrative or psychology.  Here the director places himself in a tradition of avant-garde artists celebrating nonsense. At the same time Fritsch, who was raised as a Catholic, has a barely concealed love of the comedies and farces of the early 20th century and delights in exposing the sexually inhibited undertones they usually sweep under the carpet. In his productions of canonical dramatic literature, such as the works of Ibsen, Hauptmann, Molière and Dürrenmatt, Fritsch’s performers spell out repressed and inhibited feelings in new physical ways, wrestling emancipatory aspects from them in the process.  The rare delight of the performers in Fritsch’s theatre and what they perform is to allow us to appreciate just how close anarchy is to formal perfection, virtuosity to the dissolution of boundaries, and failure to hope – and that in each case one cannot exist without the other.”

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  • A new production by Herbert Fritsch
  • Regie: Herbert Fritsch
    Schauspielhaus
  • Premiere: March 2020