In the organizer's words:
Kleist's drama focuses on the conflict between the freedom of the individual and the state's legal order: Prince Frederick of Homburg intervenes in the battle against the Swedes against the orders of the Elector of Brandenburg and thus achieves victory. The Elector, who values law over success, has the Prince sentenced to death. In his production at the Schaubühne, Peter Stein sets the action in a Biedermeier-reactionary Prussia of Kleist's time. In telling the story of the Prince of Homburg, who refuses to obey orders and struggles for recognition and life, he also tells the psychological drama of the author Heinrich von Kleist. The prince's fear of death reflects the poet's distress and misery, who ultimately chose suicide. "Prinz Friedrich von Homburg" was named the most enduring production of the 1972/73 season in a critics' poll and was invited to the Berlin Theatertreffen in 1973.
Stage design: Karl Ernst HerrmannCostumes: Moidele BickelDramaturgy: Botho StraußDirectorial assistance: Ellen Hammer, Jan Kauenhowen
Elector: Peter LührCourt Princess: Katharina TüschenNatalie: Jutta LampeField Marshal Dörfling: Walter RedlPrince Friedrich Arthur von Homburg: Bruno GanzHennings: Willem MenneTruchß: Olaf BisonHohenzollern: Werner RehmGolz: Peter FitzKottwitz: Otto SanderReuß: Willem Menne
Picture direction: Peter Stein
A performance of the Schaubühne am Halleschen Ufer, Berlin. A joint production of SFB and ORF.
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