Volksbühne Berlin am Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz

Schuld und Sühne

or GUILT AND REDEMPTION Frank Castorf’s adaptation of Dostoyevsky’s Crime and Punishment

With “Schuld und Sühne”, Frank Castorf’s fourth adaptation of Dostoyevsky comes to the stage. The novel is not only “the best detective story of all times” (Thomas Mann), but also an inspiration for Nietzsche’s ideal of the Übermensch. Long term student Raskolnikov from St. Petersburg kills an old pawnbroker woman, because she does not know what to do with the money she has. He sees himself as a genius and believes to be the beginning of a new era, which entitles him to “set his own laws for himself”. Here is a society that no longer believes in the right to happiness, and that sees the state of emergency and crisis as normality. Reading Dostoyevsky, Heiner Müller has referred to the problem of Raskolnikov as follows: “What is left when religion disappears? Which arguments remain against something like Auschwitz?”


With: Hendrik Arnst, Anastasia Bader, Frank Büttner, Sir Henry, Kristina Ignjatovic, Irina Kastrinidis, Birgit Minichmayr, Kurt Naumann Skubowius, Mira Partecke, Milan Peschel, Silvia Rieger, Bernhard Schütz, Jeanette Spassova, Thomas Thieme and Martin Wuttke

Director: Frank Castorf
Stage Designer: Bert Neumann
Light Design: Lothar Baumgarte
Music: Sir Henry
Video: Jens Crull, Andreas Deinert, Ole Jürgens
Dramaturgy: Jutta Wangemann

A Coproduction with Wiener Festwochen.

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