PHOTO: © (c) Moritz Haase

Die Blechtrommel

In the organizer's words:
Hardly born, Oskar Matzerath recognizes the world as a universal disaster - and rejects it. Only the tin drum promised to him by his mother opens up an acceptable perspective for survival: the form of existence as a drummer, a grotesque artist's existence with ambivalent motivations and effects. Thus, on his third birthday, Oskar decides to no longer grow, but to observe and drum. From the frog's perspective, he describes the rise of fascist thought and action, reports on adultery and pogrom night, links private history with contemporary history. He is a witness, at the same time an outsider and a participant in a world in which a breach of civilization such as the Holocaust is possible. Günter Grass has felt not guilty, but responsible for the horrors committed in Germany's name throughout his life. "The Tin Drum" is also an attempt to make transparent the mechanisms of his own seduction. Despite all the controversy surrounding the novel and Nobel Prize winner Günter Grass, the text is still considered a milestone of German post-war literature. Director Oliver Reese tells the story of the eternal drummer in a version tailored entirely to the perspective of the main character. "Cultural highlights of the year": For New York Times feature editor Matthew Anderson, Oliver Reese's production of "The Tin Drum" is one of the theater highlights of 2019. We regularly present performances of "The Tin Drum" with English subtitles. 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. This content has been machine translated.


Berliner Ensemble Bertolt-Brecht-Platz 1 10117 Berlin

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