Beware of Pity
Schaubühne Berlin and Complicité | Germany/UK
Australian Exclusive
23–27 JANUARY Roslyn Packer Theatre $79–$109 + BF 132 mins
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  • Wed 23 January at 7.30pm
    Thu 24 January at 7.30pm (SMH Q&A)
    Fri 25 January at 7.30pm
    Sat 26 January at 7.30pm
    Sun 27 January at 2pm

  • Premium $109
    A Reserve $96 / $86
    B Reserve $79/ $71
    Under 30 (Wed & Thu only) $49 
    + booking fee
Beware of Pity
Schaubühne Berlin and Complicité | Germany/UK
Australian Exclusive

Schaubühne Berlin (Hamlet, Sydney Festival 2010) presents its first work with Complicité (UK) director Simon McBurney (The Encounter, Sydney Festival 2017). This bold, technically adventurous and sexually charged staging of Austrian Stefan Zweig’s 1939 novel is a masterful and newly prescient portrait of a Europe stumbling toward chaos.

Written over a period of years and completed when Zweig was exiled in London, Beware of Pity follows the misadventures of Anton Hofmiller, a young cavalry officer who falls in love with Edith, the partially paralysed daughter of a local landowner, then breaks her heart. Overwhelmed by guilt when the girl takes her own life, Anton enacts a well-meaning but tragically wrongheaded plot to put things right.

Schaubühne Berlin premiered Beware of Pity in 2015, before playing a critically acclaimed 2017 season at the Barbican in London. Adapted and directed by Complicité co-founder Simon McBurney, Beware of Pity arrives as old certainties and diplomatic niceties are being swept away; when international relations have become a compulsive soap opera.

This performance is in German with English surtitles. See below for more important information and warnings. 

Book your ticket for Thu 24 January at 7.30pm to take part in a Sydney Morning Herald Q&A With the Artists after the performance.

Important Info
In German with English surtitles. 

This performance contains strobe lighting, pyrotechnics and smoking. A strict lockout period applies.
Cast and Credits

By Stefan Zweig

In a version by Simon McBurney, James Yeatman, Maja Zade and the ensemble 

A Schaubühne and Complicité co-production

With: Marie Burchard, Robert Beyer, Johannes Flaschberger, Christoph Gawenda, Moritz Gottwald, Laurenz Laufenberg, Eva Meckbach

Direction: Simon McBurney
Co-Direction: James Yeatman 
Stage Design: Anna Fleischle
Costume Design: Holly Waddington
Lighting Design: Paul Anderson 
Sound Design: Pete Malkin
Sound Associate: Benjamin Grant
Video Design: Will Duke 
Dramaturgy: Maja Zade

Image: Gianmarco Bresadola

The Farthest Place” and “The Mathematics of Resonant Bodies: VIII. Stutter
Written by John Luther Adams
Published by Taiga Press/Chester Music
By kind permission of the Music Sales Group

$79–$109 + BF
132 mins
★★★★ “A prophetic vision of a civilisation on the verge of collapse”
The Guardian
Destination NSW Create NSW

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