SchillerFest at The Bunker
London theatre news: Sunday 8 October 2017
Solo performance - Staged readings - Talks
Peter Brook Award winners The Faction host a festival of rehearsed and semi-staged readings, solo performances, talks and events celebrating the genius of Schiller - at The Bunker from 31 October to 11 November 2017.
Image: The Faction
At The Bunker from 31 October to 11 November, Peter Brook Award winners The Faction host a festival of rehearsed and semi-staged readings, solo performances, talks and events celebrating the genius of Schiller - a powerhouse of European theatre.
The Faction's ensemble, guest companies and artists, academics, actors, adaptors, DJs, musicians and singers are collaborating on a programme of theatre, opera, poetry - and parties - that embraces Schiller's revolutionary spirit.
This year the festival will be framed around Schiller's instruction to "Live with your century but do not be its creature" and will demonstrate that, with his acute understanding of power politics, in the current climate he is a playwright of our times - both provocative and startlingly contemporary.
Here's the schedule in brief (the full festival schedule and ticket links are available here).
Tuesday 31st October
FESTIVAL LAUNCH and FIESCO
featuring The Faction ensemble
Wednesday 1st November
Robert David MacDonald Celebration and WILLIAM TELL
featuring members of Glasgow Citizen Theatre
Thursday 2nd November
JOAN(S) OF ARC
featuring Michael Billington and Dame Eilieen Atkins
Friday 3rd November
MARY STUART and "Schiller the Icon" panel
panel includes Professor Lesley Sharpe
Saturday 4th November
A day-long extravaganza encompassing the three-play arc
Monday 6th November
Schiller's Anatomy of Power and DON CARLOS
including discussions with Professor Rüdiger Görner and dramatist Peter Oswald
Tuesday 7th November
INTRIGUE AND LOVE and "Schiller Our Contemporary"
featuring a company of guest artists
Wednesday 8th November
THE MAID OF ORLEANS
featuring The Faction ensemble
Thursday 9th November
Virtually Opera: TURANDOT and beyond
featuring arias and lieder selected by Leo Doulton
Friday 10th November
Schiller's Birthday Party and DEMETRIUS
featuring special guests to celebrate Friedrich Schiller's 258th Birthday with DJs and Schiller inspired musical contributions!
Saturday 11th November, Afternoon
DIE BRAUT VON MESSINA + Directors' Talk
featuring a rehearsed reading of THE BRIDE OF MESSINA
this performance will be in German with scene briefings surtitles in English
Saturday 11th November, Evening
featuring The Faction Ensemble
53a Southwark Street
London SE1 1RU
31 October to 11 November 2017
U25s: £10 (Limited to 10 per show)
See the festival website to book for individual performances
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