Sunday, February 06, 2022

Heiner Müller's production of "Hamlet" at the Deutsches Theater in Berlin in 1991

In September 1991, I saw Heiner Müller's production of "Hamlet"  the Deutsches Theater in Berlin, with Ulrich Mühe as Hamlet and Jörg Gudzuhn as Claudius. The performance had four parts, with twenty-minute intermissions after the first and third parts and after the second a one-hour intermission with a barbecue on the square outside the theater. The first part was performed quite conventionally, with the second part gradually getting more experimental. For the third part, the play-within-the-play, Müller replaced "The Murder of Gonzago" with his own "Hamletmaschine", with the actors chanting their lines in eighteenth-century costumes. And in the final part, the fight between Hamlet and Laertes was a mimed tennis match. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 6 February 2022)

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