Adaptation rights

Jester, conman and provocateur Tyll Uhlenspiegel is caught up in the chaos of the Thirty Years War. He witnesses bloody battles, experiences starvation, poverty and religious fanaticism, meets kings and queens, monks and farmers, poets and dragon seekers. Tyll delivers a depiction of an epoch using the form of baroque world theatre, featuring the multi-layered voices of a war anchored in modern consciousness as an immense human catastrophe.

«A masterpiece ... The most unusual European novel for many years ... Great theatre and poetry in one.» (Neue Zürcher Zeitung)

For their stage adaptation, Julian Pörksen and Stefan Bachmann «Focussed fully on Kehlmann’s storytelling and cleverly shortened the novel» (Spiegel Online). «A postmodern play about history and literature, myths and legends that is finely constructed and poetically expressed.» (Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung)

World premiere
15.09.2018 Schauspiel Köln (Director: Stefan Bachmann)

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