Drama

Shockheaded Peter

Struwwelpeter
Musical by The Tiger Lillies, Julian Crouch & Phelim McDermott
Music by Martyn Jacques

Michael Birnbaum, Karoline Reinke
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Hanno Friedrich
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Anja S. Gläser, Barbara Dussler, Mats Beyer, Michael Birnbaum, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Karoline Reinke
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Hanno Friedrich, Karoline Reinke, Michael Birnbaum
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Karoline Reinke
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Mats Beyer, Michael Birnbaum
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Barbara Dussler, Anja S. Gläser, Ensemble
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Ensemble
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Karoline Reinke, Ensemble
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Mats Beyer, Barbara Dussler, Anja S. Gläser, Hanno Friedrich
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Ensemble
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Karoline Reinke, Hanno Friedrich, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Anja S. Gläser, Barbara Dussler
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Karoline Reinke, Ensemble
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Barbara Dussler, Anja S. Gläser, Michael Birnbaum
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Ensemble
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Karoline Reinke, Michael Birnbaum, Barbara Dussler, Anja S. Gläser, Sólveig Arnarsdóttir
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Barbara Dussler, Hanno Friedrich, Karoline Reinke
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster
Barbara Dussler
Photo: Karl & Monika Forster

Written in 1844 by Frankfurt-based paediatrician and psychiatrist Heinrich Hoffmann for his three-year-old son, “Struwwelpeter” was a popular illustrated children’s book containing gems of so-called “black pedagogy” which have since become an interesting feature of German cultural history. Who doesn’t know the sad tale of Matchbox Paulinchen, hopeless Thumb-sucking Conrad or Fidgety Philip, for whom an ADHD diagnosis was just as unlikely to be up for discussion as a much-needed prescription of Ritalin? Instead, all of these “pesky little monsters” faced harsh punishment handed out by an overburdened parent, or some other variety of just vengeance which – in Hoffmann’s world – always followed hot on the heels of any potential transgression.

In 1998, three Brits got their hands on the stories: theatre producers Phelim McDermott and Julian Crouch, along with Martyn Jacques, lead singer of the cult band “The Tiger Lilies”, transformed them into a “Junk Opera for adults”, a zany mix of circus and vaudeville which strikingly mingle with punk, Brecht-Weill-inspired music and dark British humour. “Shockheaded Peter” combines elements of pantomime and puppetry with musical versions of the poems, with the songs generally following the text, albeit with a markedly darker tone. In this way, Hoffmann’s famously curious children’s story collection becomes a theatre piece actually revealing much more about the parents than their pesky children – and with sensational success!

Cast

Director Tilo Nest
Musical Director Volker Griepenstroh
Stage Designer Stefan Heyne
Costume Designer Anne Buffetrille
Choreografische Mitarbeit Tine Lost
Dramaturgy Katharina Gerschler
Conférencier Hanno Friedrich
Happy Family Sólveig Arnarsdóttir, Michael Birnbaum, Barbara Dussler
Myriam Lifka
Happy Family Anja S. Gläser, Karoline Reinke, Mats Beyer
Band Matthias Baumgardt, Ralf Göldner, Volker Griepenstroh / Alexander Paeffgen, Willy Wagner
Pinguin Philipp Appel

Dates

Grosses Haus19:30 - 21:15