Dublin Theatre Festival

Deutsches Theater Berlin

Emilia Galotti

by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing

Venue Gaiety Theatre
Date 12 Oct - 14 Oct 7.30pm
Duration 1hr 15mins

Directed by Michael Thalheimer

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Following on from its smash-hit run at BAM (Brooklyn Academy of Music), Tokyo and Moscow (earning the Golden Mask award for Best International Production 2005), and after becoming one of the most successful productions in recent German theatre, Emilia Galotti continues to take the world by storm in Dublin.

Emilia Galotti may be a classic play that every schoolchild in Germany studies, but in director Michael Thalheimer's hands (one of the most exciting directors of a new generation in contemporary German theatre), it appears radically unfamiliar. Set to stunning light and sound effects on a bare stage, Lessing’s classic drama turns into a timeless modern story about the failure of communication.

The German Enlightenment tragedy of social conflict between a lustful prince and his unscrupulous chamberlain Marinelli, and their plot to possess the pious and lovely bourgeois girl Emilia - kidnapping her on the very day of her wedding - becomes a kind of eternal study of absolute power. Thalheimer's production takes up the central theme of ruthless sexual will, compressing five acts into 75 minutes. He lets us feel the velocity of Lessing's indomitable machine of a play, hurtling its characters forward toward their fates.

The play's quickened tempo is conveyed by an insistent little waltz tune, gnawing at the edges of memory, which may be recognised from Wong Kar-wai's art house hit In the Mood for Love. The film's theme music serves as an acoustic counterpoint to the actors' dance of desire and deflection.

With the support of the Goethe-Institut Dublin and the Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany.

Performed in German with English surtitles.


"THRILLING” - Variety

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