Bavaria: State theater starts the season with a German premiere

In the new season, the Augsburg State Theater wants to stage plays that have not been shown in Germany before.

Bavaria: State theater starts the season with a German premiere

In the new season, the Augsburg State Theater wants to stage plays that have not been shown in Germany before. At the start of the season, a dropout piece that initially ran successfully in London will be presented in German for the first time.

Augsburg (dpa/lby) - The Staatstheater Augsburg starts the 2022/23 season on Saturday with the German-language premiere of Jez Butterworth's "Jerusalem". The play, created in 2009 and about a protagonist living in a trailer, has already been shown successfully in London and North America. After years of negotiations, the state theater managed to secure the rights for the first performance in the German-speaking area, the Augsburg stage announced.

The Staatstheater promises a fast-paced tragic comedy with brilliant dialogues. In the style of the Anglo-Saxon theater tradition from William Shakespeare to Tennessee Williams, the author has created a contemporary version of the classic theater character of Falstaff. "Always balancing on the abyss, "Jerusalem" is the story of a dropout who, with anarchic defiance and great seductive power, creates his own version of reality."

The play is directed by State Theater Director André Bücker. "Jerusalem" is on the theater's schedule until May 18, 2023. In addition to classics such as Verdi's "La Traviata" (from October 2nd) or Ibsen's "Enemy of the People" (from November 12th), the Staatstheater also wants to show other premieres and world premieres in the new season.

From February 4, 2023, the opera "Angel's Bone" by the Chinese-American composer Du Yun is on the program as a European premiere. It is a time-sensitive parable about human trafficking and slavery.

In addition, the Augsburgers also want to expand their fifth division, digital theater, alongside drama, music theater, ballet and concerts. In this area, the Augsburg company was one of the leading German theaters.

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