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.
SchillerFest at The Bunker theatre

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


featuring The Faction ensemble 

Wednesday 1st November

Robert David MacDonald Celebration and WILLIAM TELL

featuring members of Glasgow Citizen Theatre

Thursday 2nd November


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


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


The Bunker

53a Southwark Street

London SE1 1RU


31 October to 11 November 2017


Standard: £15

Concessions: £12

U25s: £10 (Limited to 10 per show)

See the festival website to book for individual performances


The Faction

Festival website

ActDrop listing for SchillerFest

Friedrich Schiller - Wikipedia

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