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Hendrik Höfgen is an actor and he wants to play - at any price, just play. He believes he is on the right side, on the side of art. He demands to be allowed to be apolitical in a time that makes that impossible. Klaus Mann's 1936 novel portrayed the famous actor Gustaf Gründgens, who rose to the position of artistic director in Nazi-era Berlin. Mephisto was the role of his life.

Zwei Schauspielende auf einer Bühne
Zwei Schauspielende auf einer Bühne © Matthias Horn

In the mask of the devil, Mann's novel character Höfgen also experiences his rise to the position of state theater director, while a regime installs itself that at best tolerates art and theaters as amusement, at worst harnesses them for its propaganda machine. Artists, like all of them, either become comrades in arms loyal to the line or are pushed out of the way. In the end, Höfgen must understand the price he has paid for his rise - namely, when he has betrayed even his closest friends.

The novel ends with his words: "What do people want from me? Why do they persecute me? Why are they so harsh? I'm just an ordinary actor after all."

Directed by Till Weinheimer, the ensemble of five young players creates a musical and contemporary theatrical adaptation of the novel.
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Participating artists
nach dem Roman von Klaus Mann (Autor/in)
Dominik Hartz
Wassilissa List
Lennart Preining
Johanna Asch
Jakob Schmidt
Till Weinheimer
Sibylle Gädeke
Chris Weinheimer
Steffen Heinke
Karolin Trachte
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Berliner Ensemble - Neues Haus
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Berliner Ensemble - Neues Haus
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Berliner Ensemble - Neues Haus
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Berliner Ensemble - Neues Haus
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Berliner Ensemble - Neues Haus