Saturday, 5 May 2018

Theater Basel | Romulus der Grosse (Romulus the great)

Friedrich Dürrenmatt's play Romulus the great plays at the Theater Basel now, directed by Franz-Yaver Mayr.
Romulus the great, a Roman tyrant who does nothing during his reign but breed chicken, eat and sleep awaits eagerly the day when the Germans finally invade rome and take over the power.
He sees no future for a state that is based on murder, repression and plunder and unlike his wife - who desperately wants to save her homeland he is relaxed and prepared to take whatever will come up to him.
In an incredibly entertaining way the story of Romulus, his family and his entourage is told, facing the national bankruptcy, the terrors of war and the conflict of interests that arises more and more during the evening.
The actors were excellent and as the stage setting was the same during almost the whole evening the light was used very targeted, marking little breaks between different scenes or creating a more comfortable or more threatening atmosphere.
We liked Romulus the great very much, it made us laugh and still we found it to be critical towards the society, facing problems that are still very current today.

direction: Franz-Xaver Mayr
stage: Michela Flück
costume: Korbinian Schmidt
composition: Matija Schellander
light: Tobias Voegelin
sound: Andreas Döbeli, Ralf Holtmann
dramatic composition: Katrin Michaels

Steffen Höld as ROMULUS THE GREAT
Myriam Schröder as JULIA, HIS WIFE
Leonie Merlin Young as REA, HIS DAUGHTER
Katja Jung as ZENO, THE ISAUR, EMPEROR OF EAST ROME
Simon Zagermann as AEMILIAN, ROMAN PATRICIAN
Florian von Manteuffel as TULLIUS ROTUNDUS & MARES, MINISTER
Max Rothbart as SPURIUS TITUS MAMMA
Nicola Mastroberardino as ACHILLES & PYRAMUS, SERVANT
Thomas Reisinger as APOLLYON, ART DEALER / CAESAR RUPF, INDUSTRIALIST / ODOAKER, RULER OF THE GERMANS

three chickens (extras from the Theater Basel)

© picture: Kim Culetto

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