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State Theatre
Stuttgart, Germany



Directed by Hans-Ulrich Becker

Sets designed by Alexander Muller-Elmau

Costumes designed by Katja Schroder

Music by Viola Kramer


Rainer Bock, Bernhard Baier, Huseyin Cirpici, Julia Costa, Susana Fernandes Genebra, Hansjurgen Gerth, Regine Hentschel, Claudia Jahn, Juliana Koren, Irene Kugler, Eva Negele, Nannita Peschke, Vivian Scheurle, Klaus Weiss

Hans-Ulrich Becker belongs to the generation of German directors who were beginning their career in the late 1980s, a few years before the unification of Germany. After a sound professional schooling at the Munich Bavarian Theatre, Becker worked with theatre companies in various parts of the country: in Aachen, Heidelberg, and Manheim. Among the productions he directed over that period were Iphigenia at Aulis by Euripides, Shakespeare's Macbeth, Kleist's The Schroffenstein Family, Chekhov's Platonov, and Venedict Yerofeev's Walpurgisnacht, or the Steps of the Knight Commander.

Since the season of 1995-1996, Becker has been working at the Stuttgart Theatre, where he has staged Moliere's Le Misanthrope, Euripides' Medea, and The Hunting Society by Bernhardt. These productions have revealed Becker's distinct creative manner, which the State Theatre itself defines as 'poetic realism'.

Becker's current work is Buchner's Wojciech scheduled to open at the end of this season.

Many of the best known German directors over the past few decades were at one time or another involved with this theatre. Among them were Peter Palitsch, Claus Peimann, Ivan Naigehl and others. At the end of the 1980s the company went through a difficult spell. Today the State Theatre is on the rise again, with as many stars in its company as no other theatre in Germany. As a result of a recent opinion poll among forty-five leading German critics, the Stuttgart State Theatre, together with a theatre from Neumarktranks, ranks second (after the Hamburg Schauspielhaus) in the 'Theatre of the Year' nomination.

Moscow Chekhov Art Theatre
15, 16 April
Kamergersky Lane, 3

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