„Lobby Hero“ by Kenneth Lonergan, the new Premiere at the English Theatre of Hamburg

„Listen to me, Jeff. You can do it if you really want it.“

Prologue: After a good many thrilling moments before Christmas with Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s “The Hound of the Baskervilles”, the ETH now offers its aficionados a new great play. Most remarkable is Longergan’s fine study of character.

Jeff is a lonely boy, lonely and blue…

Having just left an old castle in Victorian England, we are now walking into the lobby of a New York high-rise apartment building in the heart of Manhattan. Lobby hero Jeff (Ned Rudkins-Stow) , better described as anti-hero, is sitting behind his big desk of fake marble trying to solve a crossword puzzle. He seems utterly bored with his job as a watchman on shift during night-time. Just look at his desolate work-place and you will easily understand his state of mind: Walls painted in dirty grey, horrible posters all over the place and a couple of plastic chairs scattered around. Distraction comes along with some rare visitor who talks to the lonely young man. To-night it is Wiliam (Daniel Gregory), his boss, a smart black man in his thirties, who enjoys a chat with Jeff before doing his nightly rounds. William is the sheer contrast to Jeff, the dreamy unambitious loner. As a family man he is trying to climb up the social ladder to secure his folks a better future. You can call William a model of seriousness, a man totally loyal to the laws.

A question of loyalty and abuse

William has a big problem. He tells Jeff that his younger brother has just been arrested by the police for a horrible crime committed in a hospital where a nurse, the mother of three little kids, was killed. What’s more, his brother wants William to give him an alibi for the time when the crime took place. All of a sudden Jeff is involved in the case. When two police men enter the lobby, it is on him to decide either to tell the truth or to lie for his boss. Jeff is in a dilemma.
Two new characters step in and complete the quartet: Bill ((Peter Dewhurst) an arrogant, corrupt and cynic cop who thinks that he is above the law, and Dawn (Chloe Ballantine) , his young naive female partner. Although Bill sleeps with Dawn, he regularly “contacts” Mrs. Heinwald when on duty. She is an attractive prostitute who lives and works in apartment 22-J on the second floor of the building. Bill lies to Dawn that he has a friend named Jim whom he sees from time to time for a chat.

A false alibi

Can I be sure about Bill?

Bill has heard of William’s trouble and offers help to get his brother out of jail. He knows someone at the District Attorney`s Office who could do something for him – of course strictly within the law “ and maybe a little bit around the edges.” William accepts nolens volens. What else could he do to help his brother. William knows that he has something “to do” for Bill in exchange when the cop should be in trouble, according to the famous Latin dictum: “Manus manum lavat” which means “I do you a favour and in return you do me a favour when I am in trouble.” During all his life William has always followed a strict moral code that saved him from a fate similar to his brother’s – a life on the streets with criminal buddies. William is proud of his impeccable career as a security man. It causes him great pain to break the law.

Crime does not pay and lies are short-lived

Thanks to Bill’s intervention William’s brother has been released from jail. But this is not the end of the story and by no means a happy end. Since when Dawn finds out that Bill has been lying to her all the time, she gets furious. Did he not tell her that he loved her and even thought of leaving his wife for her. She decides to contact the District Attorney’s Office and disclose the deal between Bill and William. She urges Jeff to do the same and tell the whole truth. However, he does not agree with her and thinks that she is nothing but trouble and wrecking her own chances. But after thinking twice, he admits that she is courageous and a moral example. He will do his best to come up to her. Jeff squeezes Dawn’s shoulder. Isn’t this the beginning of a wonderful friendship? Curton.

Conclusion: Bill is frustrated since he will not be awarded the gold plaque he so desperately desired. How could he act the way he did. What a fucking fool he was. Bingo. Insight is the first step to improvement! Sorry for this most unladylike word. But fecal language is used throughout the play. It neither does harm to the play nor to the actors. Dear spectator, enjoy this outstanding performance with four outstanding tespians.

Let’s stick together, Dawn.

“Lobby Hero” premiered Off-Broadway in 2001. It fell asleep like the Brother Grimm’s Dornröschen (sleeping beauty), although not exactly for a span of a hundred years. It was only awakened in 2018. This time the play dealing with corruption, racism, sexism and a good many other isms was produced on Broadway. And the critics were full of praise for Kenneth Lonergan, the well-known author of “This is our Youth” and “You can count on Me.” Lonergan also co-wrote the film “Gangs of New York.”
While the Evening Standard wrote: “Lobby Hero is a fascinating comedy”, the Daily Mail found the play “superb, brilliant, blissful comic writing.” Last but not least The New York Times praised Mr. Lonergan’s “most ambitious study to date in the damage caused by impure motives.”

Last performance of “Lobby Hero” on April 6, 2024.
Tickets under phone number: 040- 227 70 89 or online under: www.englishtheatre.de
Next premiere: “Lizard Boy”- a new musical by Justin Huertas – on April 22, 1024

Photos: Stefan Kock/ETH

“The 39 Steps” by Patrick Barlow – the new play at the English Theatre of Hamburg

Come on, dear, we are in a hurry! Photo: Stefan Kock

For all those who remember the spy thriller “The 39 Steps”, filmed in 1935 by the Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock, the stage version of the plot is a déjà vu. Yet it differs from the original story by Scottish author John Buchan who concocted a dramatic espionage novel in 1915, the second year of the First World War. Playwright Patrick Barlow, born in Leicester, was bold enough to transform this very serious subject into a highly amusing comedy spiced with all the ingredients of a thriller including loads of black British humour.

It’s great fun to drive this elegant car Photo: Stefan Kock

Have a look at our short synopsis before we go into detail: Pulled into a web of intrigue and deceit Richard Hannay, the unwilling hero of the plot, is constantly on a run to escape a criminal organization, two “femmes fatales”, weird farmers and wives. Richard is in a great hurry to solve the mystery of the 39 steps. He must stop a gang of spies to threaten national security. Does he succeed? Read on.

Here we go: While Richard Hanney, a young man in his thirties, is on vacation in London he attends a demonstration of “Mr. Memory”, a man with a photographic memory. On the way back to his flat he meets a frightened woman by the name of Annabella Smith who asks him to put her up for the night. She tells him that she is a spy chased by criminals who are trying to kill her since she has uncovered a plot to steal top secret documents that threaten national security. The head of the spy ring “The 39 Steps” is a most dangerous man who can easily be identified by the missing joint on the little finger of his right hand. Richard is at a loss to believe this fantastic story told by a woman with a thick German accent and goes to sleep. In the morning he finds his guest murdered with a knife in her back. When the police turns up and accuses innocent Richard of murder, he manages to escape in the very last moment. From now on he is a man on the run. He takes the next train to Scotland where, according to Annabella Smith, the head of the espionage organization is hiding.

The head of „The 39 Steps“
Good Lord, what is the matter with you? Photo: Stefan Kock

On the train he meets beautiful Pamela who identifies him as the killer portrayed on page one of all the newspapers in the country. She reports him to the police and Richard manages another dramatic evasion from the train on the Forth Bridge. He is lucky to find a place for the night at a farm in the Highlands. While the wife of the old suspicious farmer is friendly and gives him her husband’s warm coat to protect him from the cold in the mountains, the farmer reports Richard to the police. He is after the high reward promised to the person who helps to catch the killer. But Richard evades capture once again and finally finds a village named Alt-na-shellach where he meets Professor Jordan, a perfect gentleman at first sight. Looking at his right hand with a missing joint on his little finger Richard realizes that he is standing face to face with the head of “The 39 Steps.” When Richard refuses to cooperate with him and his spy gang, Jordan shoots at him. Thanks to the farmer’s hymn book in the breast pocket of the coat Richard survives. Now it is on him to report an attempt of murder to the sheriff. But – surprise, surprise – the sheriff and the rest of the police are befriended with Jordan. Another hope crushed, poor Richard. He is again on the run from his pursuers. All of a sudden he finds himself in a political meeting and is mistaken for a candidate. Without having the slightest idea of what is going on, he improvises a speech which is enthusiastically applauded by the audience. By chance he meets Pamela again. Out of the blue Jordan’s men arrive and handcuff Richard and Pamela to each other. They spend the night at a small hotel in the countryside. With a trick Pamela frees both of them from the handcuffs. After a longer discussion Richard can convince her of his innocence. Now they are free to go to London where – according to Pamela who overheard a telephone call – the spy gang will meet.

Pamela, why is it so dark in this room? Photo: Stefan Kock

Back in the city, Richard and Pamela meet at Mr. Memory’s show and realize that the spies are taking advantage of Mr. Memory’s performance to smuggle the secrets out of the country. When being perfectly memorized, there are no paper documents. A very clever idea. The show ends abruptly when Richard asks Mr. Memory: “What are the 39 steps?” Do you think, dear spectator, that Mr. Memory is able to answer that question? Come and find out yourself when you are sitting in the audience of the English Theatre. By the way, according to a New York critic, this scene remains one of the most gripping moments of the play.

Shall we call the police? Photo: Stefan Kock
Packed with twists and turns

Packed with twists and turns, this fast-paced thriller keeps the audience in constant suspense. Only four actors – one woman and three men – are playing during 100 minutes altogether 150 characters in this hilarious spy comedy. While James Killeen “only” plays one part, that of anti-hero Richard Hannay, Man 1 Charlie McCullagh and Man 2 Jonny Magnati are to be seen in multiple roles. They appear as police men, drivers, station masters, farmers, gang members and even as women imitating high-pitched voices. An endless mimicry causing roars of laughter in den audience. Madeleine Hutchins plays three female parts. In one scene she turns up as Annalena Schmidt, the spy “with the accent”, a few minutes later she is Pamela, the red-haired vamp who reports good-hearted Richard to the police. Margaret, the sweetly naïve grumbling farmer’s wife with her long blond plait is the most touching figure in the play. A great performance. Thank you, Madeleine. The same refers to Charlie and Jonny, two brilliant actors, dancers and singers who would do honour to every musical show. Not to forget James in the part of Richard who reminds us of Cary Grant in Hitchcock’s 1959 blockbuster “North by North West.” Remember? A New York City advertising man mistaken for a non-existing man by the name of George Kaplan is unwillingly thrust into a world of spies. Just as Richard he escapes his pursuers by chance and is still alive when all the trials and tribulations are over.

Conclusion: A brilliant performance on a grey November evening in Hamburg.
A big hand for director Paul Glaser and his crew of smashing actors!

Final performance of “The 39 Steps” on January 29, 2022.
Tickets under: phone number 040 – 227 70 89 or
online under: www.englishtheatre.de
Next premiere:
“Outside Mullingar” by John Patrick Stanley on February 10, 2022


“The 39 Steps” von Patrick Barlow – die neue Premiere am English Theatre of Hamburg

Nun komm‘ schon, wir sind in Eile Foto: Stefan Kock

Mit dieser Farce auf den von Altmeister Hitchcock 1935 verfilmten gleichnamigen Krimi hat sich das English Theatre of Hamburg selbst übertroffen. Welches andere Theater schafft es, mit nur vier Darstellern ein so spannendes, temporeiches und mit einer gehörigen Dosis schwärzesten britischen Humors angereichertes Stück auf die Bühne zu bringen. Eine Persiflage, die selbst einen Dauerbrenner wie „Dinner for One“ um Längen schlägt und das Publikum die Sorgen, Nöte und Einschränkungen in Zeiten der Pandemie für zwei Stunden vergessen lässt.

Was für ein Spaß, ein so schickes Auto zu fahren! Foto: Stefan Kock

Die Handlung des Stückes versetzt uns in das turbulente London des Jahres 1935 am Vorabend des Zweiten Weltkrieges, wo der junge Richard Hanney ein paar entspannte Urlaubstage verbringen will. Im berühmten Palladium in der Argyll Street lauscht er gespannt Mr. Memory, der mit seinem phänomenalen Gedächtnis das Publikum in seinen Bann schlägt. Wenig später begegnet er Annabella Schmidt, die sich von einer kriminellen Gang mit dem seltsamen Namen „Die 39 Stufen“ verfolgt fühlt und Richard bittet, sie für die Nacht bei sich aufzunehmen. Angeblich befindet sie sich im Besitz hoch brisanter Informationen, die die nationale Sicherheit bedrohen. Und um Unheil abzuwenden, muss sie umgehend eine Person in Schottland treffen. Dichtung oder Wahrheit, erdacht von einer Verschwörungstheoretikerin? Bevor Richard sich ein Bild von der mysteriösen Fremden machen kann, ist diese tot und liegt mit einem Messer im Rücken in seiner Wohnung. Wie nicht anders zu erwarten, verdächtigt die Polizei den unschuldigen Richard des Mordes. Der entzieht sich ihrem Zugriff durch eine tollkühne Flucht. Ab jetzt beginnt eine wilde verwegene Jagd kreuz und quer durch London. Während sowohl britische Ordnungshüter als auch Mitglieder besagter krimineller Bande dem angeblichen Delinquenten unerbittlich auf den Fersen sind, schlägt dieser Haken wie ein Hase und schafft es schließlich in einen Zug, der ihn nach Schottland bringen soll.

Die schöne Unbekannte

Mit Hilfe einer Landkarte aus dem Besitz Annabellas will er, neugierig geworden, dem Geheimnis der schönen Unbekannten auf die Spur kommen. Endlich für kurze Zeit seinen Häschern entkommen, tappt Richard in die nächste Falle. Die auf den ersten Blick sympathische Pamela entpuppt sich als üble Verräterin, die ihm ohne Skrupel die Polizei auf den Hals hetzt. Die Verfolgungsjagd geht weiter, bis Richard auf einem einsamen Hof in den Highlands ein bäuerliches Ehepaar trifft, das ihm Asyl für eine Nacht gewährt. Aber auch hier lauert höchste Gefahr, denn die Kunde von dem entlaufenen Mörder ist bis in dieses Nest am Ende der Welt vorgedrungen. Selbst hier gibt es Zeitungen, deren Titelseiten das Konterfei Richards ziert. Da jenem, der Richard ausliefert, eine hohe Belohnung winkt, findet der alte Bauer Mittel und Wege, die Polizei zu alarmieren. Allein seine Ehefrau empfindet Mitleid mit dem Verfolgten und schenkt ihm den warmen Mantel ihres Mannes, der sich später als sehr nützlich, sogar lebensrettend für Richard erweisen wird.

Mein Gott, was ist nur los mit dir? Foto: Stefan Kock

Erneut auf der Flucht, kommt Richard seinem Ziel immer näher, bis er schließlich auf ein herrschaftliches Anwesen in einem Ort mit dem klingenden keltischen Namen Alt-na-shellach stößt. Hier residiert Professor Jordan, offenbar ein Herr vom Scheitel bis zur Sohle, dem Richard sich anvertraut, bis er entdeckt, dass diesem die Kuppe des kleinen Fingers an der rechten Hand fehlt. Vor diesem Mann, dem Spiritus Rector der „39 Stufen“, hatte Annabella Schmidt ihn ausdrücklich gewarnt. Als Richard eine Zusammenarbeit mit Jordan verweigert, eröffnet dieser das Feuer auf ihn. Richard überlebt den Anschlag dank des Gesangbuches in der Brusttasche des geliehenen Mantels und wendet sich an den Sheriff. Doch – wie konnte es anders sein in dieser Welt der Clans – der steckt mit Jordan und den Seinen unter einer Decke. Um der Polizei zu entkommen, rettet Richard sich in eine Wahlveranstaltung, in der er für einen Kandidaten gehalten wird und eine zündende Rede hält, die mit tosendem Beifall von den Anwesenden aufgenommen wird.
Bei dieser Gelegenheit begegnet er der attraktiven Pamela wieder, die ihn zweimal verriet, weil sie ihn irrtümlich für den gesuchten Mörder hielt. Nun sitzen die beiden in der Falle, von einem Polizisten mit Handschellen an einander gefesselt. Pamela gelingt es, sich und Richard mit einem Trick zu befreien, so dass sie gemeinsam fliehen können. Es stellt sich heraus, dass der Polizist gar keiner war, sondern einer von Jordans Komplizen. Wow – wer hätte das gedacht!
Das verzwickte Spionagekomplott findet sein Ende im London Palladium, wo Richards unfreiwilliger Ausflug in die Welt der Geheimdienste begann. Diesmal wird er von Pamela begleitet. Erneut tritt Mr. Memory auf und beantwortet alle an ihn vom Publikum gestellten Fragen im wahrsten Sinne des Wortes wie „aus der Pistole geschossen.“ Ob er wohl etwas über die „39 Stufen“ und ihre Bedeutung weiß? Lassen Sie sich überraschen, liebe Zuschauer!

Eine gelungene Parodie auf das Genre Spionagefilme
Pamela, warum ist es hier so dunkel? Foto: Stefan Kock

Dieses Stück lässt das Publikum atemlos zurück. „Die 39 Stufen“ gleichen einem Parforceritt durch das Genre des Spionagethrillers. Denn als solcher war es vom schottischen Autor John Buchan angelegt, der seinen Plot 1915, im zweiten Jahr des Ersten Weltkrieges, zu Papier brachte. Es erstaunt nicht, dass Alfred Hitchcock sich dieses Stoffes annahm und ihn als hochdramatischen Krimi inszenierte, wie üblich augenzwinkernd gewürzt mit amüsanten Nebenhandlungen und einer kurzen Frequenz, in der er ganz bescheiden selbst auftritt.
Noch einen Schritt weiter geht der britische Bühnenautor Patrick Barlow, dem wir diese ebenso spannende wie skurrile Krimi-Komödie verdanken. Er nimmt den ganzen Spionage- und Geheimdienstschrott, mit dem wir nicht selten im Fernsehen gelangweilt werden, auf die Schippe und hält das Publikum mit einer Parodie auf das Genre bis zum Finale bei bester Laune. Zwischendurch wird auch zur Freude der Zuschauer mit Platzpatronen scharf geschossen. Alle gehen in Deckung!

Ein echter Geniestreich

Die Inszenierung unter der Regie von Paul Glaser ist ein echter Geniestreich. Und der gelingt mit nur vier Schauspielern – einer Frau und drei Männern – in 150 (in Worten: einhundertfünfzig) Rollen, und dies innerhalb von hundert Minuten! Die Mimen schlüpfen in Windeseile von einer Rolle in die nächste. Da wird durch den Austausch von Kopfbedeckungen aus einem Bobby ein Zugschaffner. Da verwandelt sich eine schlichte Frau aus den Highlands mit Hilfe einer platinblonden Perücke in einen Männer mordenden Vamp. Die rasante, mit einer Reihe Verfolgungsjagden gespickte Handlung raubt dem Zuschauer schier den Atem. Doch damit nicht genug. Er hat Mühe die Guten von den Bösen zu unterscheiden. Denn häufig wähnt er sich auf der richtigen Fährte, wird alsbald jedoch eines Besseren belehrt. Dieses Stück verdankt seinen Effekt dem Einsatz einfachster Mittel. Hier wird ein schlichter Sessel zu einem Auto, indem der „Fahrer“ ein Lenkrad in die Hände nimmt und seine Passagiere über eine fiktive holperige Landstraße manövriert. Ein weiterer Gag ist der „Trick“, mit dem Pamela sich und Richard von den Handschellen befreit. Dafür zieht sie eine schlichte Haarnadel aus ihrem Chignon. Donnerwetter – von dieser Frau können selbst die gewieftesten schweren Jungs noch was lernen. Ein Brüller!

Sollen wir die Polizei rufen? Foto: Stefan Kock

Fazit: Diese Slapstick-Komödie verdient höchstes Lob. Von 10 möglichen Punkten verleihen wir die volle Zahl mit einem Stern! Ein weiterer Stern geht an die vier Schauspieler. Während James Killeen, der Darsteller des Helden wider Willen Richard Hannay, „nur“ eine Figur verkörpert, treten Charlie McCullagh und Jonny Magnanti in zahllosen Rollen auf. Sie steppen und tanzen wie die Weltmeister nach den Melodien der dreißiger Jahre, schlüpfen in die Rollen von misstrauischen Highlandern, falschen und gelegentlich echten Polizisten, mimen Ehrenmänner und Gangster. Hin und wieder ist auch die Rolle einer Frau dabei, die/der in ihrer/seiner Kostümierung und schriller Stimme für Heiterkeit sorgt. Ein tolles Duo, das in allen Sätteln der Bühnenkunst gerecht ist. Die einzige Frau im Bunde, Madeleine Hutchins, glänzt in drei unterschiedlichen Rollen. Sie ist die mysteriöse Annalena Schmidt, die glamouröse Pamela und das Landei Margaret in Personalunion. Vier Mimen – echte Rampensäue, wie man im Theaterjargon anerkennend sagt – die mit ihrer Spielfreude das Publikum auf wunderbare Weise „infizierten.“
Ein höchst amüsanter Theaterabend, der den Zuschauern noch lange im Gedächtnis bleiben wird. Wer in den Weihnachtstagen oder zu Silvester noch nichts vorhat, sollte sich umgehend ein Ticket sichern.

„The 39 Steps“ läuft bis einschließlich 29. Januar 2022.
Tickets unter: 040 – 227 70 89
oder online unter: www.englishtheatre.de
Nächste Premiere:
„Outside Mullingar“von John Patrick Shanley am 10. Februar 2022

„Shirley Valentine“ by Willy Russel – The New Play at The English Theatre of Hamburg

Come and enjoy a glass of wine with me. Cheers.(c) ETH

Good news, dear friends of ETH!

Your favourite stage has recently reopened its gates and welcomes you to a heart-warming comedy featuring Sharon Facinelli, one of the Westend’s  most popular stars, in a one-woman-show. This two-hour monologue is kind of a marathon, oscillating between joyful moments and deep frustration. A great performance by an actrice who is at home in all genres, be it film, TV, theatre or musical. We are sure that you will greatly enjoy the play after the long-lasting lockdown in most European countries and abroad. Although Willy Russel already wrote “Shirley Valentine” way back in 1986, the play has not lost any of its charm and still appeals to an audience that goes for romance. Many thanks to Sharon Facinelli and director Paul Glaser who made the premiere a success.

Here is the plot
To hell with this boring housework! (c) ETH

Shirley Bradshaw, née Valentine, is a middle-aged, “slightly” overweight Liverpudlian housewife, who talks to herself and to the walls of her kitschen while her husband Joe is at work. But even at home, he rarely talks to her. Shirley feels lonely and unloved. In her frustration she has taken to drink and always keeps a bottle of wine in her fridge. While peeling potatoes and preparing salad for dinner, she fills her glass many a time until the bottle is empty and she has to open a new one. In her tipsy state Shirley’s memory goes back to the olden golden days when she was the young attractive still unmarried Shirley Valentine, full of life and great expectations. In another flashback she sees herself and Joe after their recent honeymoon in their new house splashing paint at each other while painting their kitchen. However, these sunny days have gone forever and now Shirley feels lonely and terribly unhappy. During her long marriage to Joe, her unloving hubby, she has lost her own identity and craves for an independent life. But what can she do to escape this hell of wedlock? When she is again close to tears, her friend Jane calls and asks Shirley to fly to Greece with her to spend a holiday in the sun. For the first time in years Shirley takes a decision without asking Joe and packs her suitcase for a trip to a sunny Grecian island.

Act two
Bye bye, see you in Greece! (c) ETH

In act two we see Shirley on a sunbathed beach, relaxing in a deckchair, a sparkling drink in her hand. My god, how easy and stressless life can be, she thinks while enjoying the view of the crystal clear water of the sea in front of her and the high mountains in the background. Shirley seems to have completely changed. She looks so much younger than before in her brand-new smart outfit and seems to be at peace with herself in this wonderful Mediterranean holiday resort. When a young attractive Greek named Costas turns up Shirley is delighted and consents to go on a boat-trip with him. Jane is utterly concerned and warns Shirley not to lose control over her life. But Shirley is overwhelmed by her newly won freedom and even dreams   of a life in Greece until the end of her days. But can she leave Joe alone in rainy England while she is enjoying her life far away from him? Dear spectator, now it is up to you to find out which decision Shirley will finally take. Our lips are sealed,

By the way, all of you, dear aficionados of our theatre, must listen very carefully since Shirley’s monologue is held in the Scouse dialect that is spoken in Liverpool and the whole Merseyside region. The Beatles grew up in Liverpool and started their career from here. Pity we do not hear any of their hits during the play.

A few words about the author

Willy Russel was born near Liverpool in 1947. In his “first life” he worked as a hairdresser embellishing ladies and gentlemen. Later he started writing and performing his own songs.  And one day he discovered his talent for writing plays and musicals. “John, Paul, Ringo… and Bert”, featuring the life of the Beatles became a box-office success and won him the prize of best musical of the year 1974. “Shirley Valentine” premiered in the Westend in 1988 and later on Broadway. It proved to be a long-lasting hit on both stages. Russel also wrote a number of plays, among them “Blood Brothers!, “One for the Road” as well as the charming comedy “Educating Rita” which was also performed in the English Theatre of Hamburg in 2003.

Last but not least we wish to draw your attention to our next premiere on November 18, 2021: “The 39 Steps” is a thriller farce by Patrick Barlow. Do you remember Alfred Hitchcock’s “39 Steps”, filmed in black and white in 1935? A fantastic thriller, spiced with lots of British black humour. Patrick Barlow’s version is not a remake, but an immensely witty and thrilling farce of the original. We are looking forward to seeing you in November.

Final performance of “Shirley Valentine” on October 30, 2021

Tickets under phone number 040 – 227 70 89 or online under


Next premiere: “The 39 Steps”, a thriller farce by Patrick Barlow,
on November 18, 2021

Attention! Due to the corona pandemic you are requested to wear a mask during your stay in the theatre. Further you have to observe the GGG Rule, which means that you must either present your vaccination pass or a proof of recovery or a test certificate not older than 24 hours. Good news: Our bar is open. You are allowed to consume your drink on your seat.