Heute weder Hamlet

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Heute weder Hamlet (English: "Tonight Neither Hamlet") is a 1988 play by German playwright Rainer Lewandowski (1950- ), who won a playwright’s award for the production in 1988.


This is an eccentric look at what happens behind the theatre curtain, as told by one of the theatre’s forgotten characters, the curtain puller. Ingo Sassmann is a frustrated actor-turned-curtain puller. Finding himself unexpectedly forestage when a performance of Hamlet is cancelled, the limelight proves irresistible as he reveals to his captive audience the world beyond the curtain, and shares with them some reminiscences of parts played and dreams dashed.

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Performance history in South Africa

Directed by Peter Kleinschmidt at the KKNK 1998, with Mees Xteen.




KKNK Programme, 1998.

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