Faust Ⅰ

By: Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Staging: Nicolas Stemann

This Faust has travelled far. It is one of the most important works of the two artistic directors of Schauspielhaus Zürich and was invited to the Berlin-based Theatertreffen festival in 2012. The magazine Theater Heute voted it production of the year, Benjamin von Blomberg was distinguished as dramaturge of the year, and Sebastian Rudolph was voted actor of the year. The jury for the 3sat prize at Theatertreffen explained their decision as follows: “Nobody has ever seen a production of Faust Ⅰ & Ⅱ like this one by Nicolas Stemann. His production itself is a Faustian event, a musing and exploration of what holds this drama together at the deepest level, and what it has to offer – for us today.” The fact that Faust appears as a contemporary today is unsettling, but this is the present that Goethe is talking about: a liberated society of radical individualists who are incapable of engaging in a community or collective forms of work. And the devil whispers in their years: be your own benchmark! This production, now enriched by a few extra years and experiences, will now be shown in Zurich at last in a new version at the Schauspielhaus.


With Friederike Harmsen, Daniel Lommatzsch, Burkhard Niggemeier, Sebastian Rudolph, Sebastian Vogel, Patrycia Ziólkowska , Andy Zondag, Sven Kaiser
Nicolas Stemann, Nicolas Stemann
Set Design
Thomas Dreissigacker
Marysol del Castillo
Costume design assistance
Sophia May
Thomas Kürstner, Sebastian Vogel, Burkhard Niggemeier, Sven Kaiser
Claudia Lehmann
Video assisting
Eike Zuleeg
Paulus  Vogt
Benjamin von Blomberg
Drama Teacher
Patrick Oes

Transferring from Thalia Theater Hamburg.
A Coproduction with Salzburger Festspiele.
Supported by Zürcher Kantonalbank.

  • 3 hours 20 minutes
  • Also interesting for ages 16
  • English Surtitles
Introduction: Katinka Deecke, Dramaturgy

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Das Schauspielhaus Zürich gastierte zu Ostern in der Kirche Fraumünster. Am Samstag mit Szenen aus Faust I bei der Osternachtsfeier und am Sonntag las Sebastian Rudolph kurze Faust-Szenen in den drei Ostersonntags-Gottesdiensten. Der Regisseur und Videokünstler Yannik Böhmer hat das Geschehene dokumentiert. Die Dokumentation veröffentlichen wir, gemeinsam mit einem kurzen Text von Barbara Higgs, an dieser Stelle. 

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