PHOTO: © Simon Koy / Residenztheater


In the organizer's words:


by Matthew Lopez

translated from the American by Hannes Becker I freely adapted from the novel "Howards End" by E.M. Forster

Age recommendation: from 16 years

Invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen 2023 as one of the ten most remarkable productions in the German-speaking theater scene.

The production "Das Vermächtnis (The Inheritance)" was nominated for the NESTROY Prize 2022 as BEST PERFORMANCE IN THE GERMAN SPEAKING SPACE.

Duration of performance

Part 1: approx. 3 hours, 10 minutes (incl. 1 intermission)
Long intermission: approx. 50 minutes

Part2: approx. 3 hours, 15 minutes (incl. 1 break)

Part 1 and Part 2 are shown both as a double bill and individually on consecutive days.

You can buy tickets for both performances individually or as a package.

New York City in the final months of Barack Obama's presidency. While author Toby Darling eagerly awaits the premiere of his play, his partner Eric Glass spends time with his acquaintance Walter. The conversations with the 55-year-old lead Eric into a past that, as a gay man in his early thirties, he only knows from hearsay: the devastating AIDS epidemic that shook the LGBTQ community from the early 1980s onwards. Walter's stories repeatedly refer to an old picturesque country house. Eric has no idea what role this place played for Walter and his partner Henry Wilcox. In the fall of 2016, Eric's circle of friends watched stunned as Hillary Clinton lost the election to Republican Donald Trump. America is changing. Suddenly, freedoms that the previous generation of activists had fought for no longer seemed self-evident. Eric has to ask himself who he is and wants to be.

With his multi-award-winning play "The Legacy", internationally acclaimed American playwright Matthew Lopez has created a masterpiece of storytelling: a stage epic in two parts, a relationship and social drama, overflowing with characters, a morality play that is as comical as it is tragic. He takes motifs from E. M. Forster's 1910 novel "Howards End", transfers them to New York in the 2010s and tells the moving story of a family of choice and a gay community faced with the question of whether it is ready to accept the legacy of recent history. Lopez's play bows to the fates of the past and creates a utopian image of shared responsibility and mutual respect. It is in the tradition of Tony Kushner's "Angels in America", which can also be seen at the Residenztheater this season.

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Price information:

from 10€ for students


Residenztheater Max-Joseph-Platz 1 80539 München

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