Der kaukasische Kreidekreis (The Caucasian Chalk Circle)

by Bertolt Brecht

Currently no Performances

Großes Haus
1 hr 45 min
no break

The "Chalk Circle’s" plot is of exemplary clarity and dialectic beauty: During a revolution, a baby is passed from one mother to another. Over the course of her flight, the new mother gets into ever deeper trouble and ultimately finds herself on trial at a court of law. Times have changed once more and the child is now heir to a great fortune. But Judge Azdak is still in power: His rulings are feared by the rich and a blessing for the poor. And when the biological mother ruthlessly demands the return of her child, he re-invents Solomon’s chalk circle. When Bertolt Brecht and his Berliner Ensemble took over the Theater am Schiffsbauerdamm in 1954, his first production there was "The Caucasian Chalk Circle". Michael Thalheimer is in-house director at Berliner Ensemble and will create productions there at regular intervals.

We regularly present performances of "The Caucasian Chalk Circle" with English surtitles. You can find the dates here. Our box office staff will be happy to tell you from which seats you will have a good sight-line to the surtitles. For the best view of both stage and surtitles, we recommend seats in the stalls (Parkett) from row 11, or in the balconies (1. Rang, 2. Rang). Seats in the side boxes have a partially obstructed view.

Casts & Staff

as Grusche Vachnadze
as Sänger
as Azdak, Mönch
as Simon Chachawa
as Natella Abaschwili, Bauersfrau
as Maro, Panzerreiter
as Großfürst, Bauer, Panzerreiter, sterbender Bauer
as Adjudant, Bauersfrau, Lavrenti Vachnadze
as Georgi Abaschwili, Milchbauer, Schwiegermutter

Wenn das Haus eines Großen zusammenbricht,
werden viele Kleine erschlagen.

Bertolt Brecht


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Süddeutscht Zeitung

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on tour

01./02.02.2018: Burgtheater, Wien
27.02.2018: Stadttheater Landberg, Landberg am Lech
28./29.03.2018: Dasdas Theater, Istanbul
14./15.04.2018: Madách International Theatre Meeting (MITEM), Budapest
06./07./08./09.05.2018: Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen, Recklinghausen
12./13.06.2018: International Platonov Arts Festival, Woronesch
13./14.02.2019: Landestheater Niederösterreich, St. Pölten