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Heinrich von Kleist Prinz Friedrich von Homburg

A play
A Play

New production · Coproduction with the Burgtheater Wien
In German

End approx. 21.30


  • 28 July 2012, 19:00


  • 30 July 2012, 19:00
  • 31 July 2012, 19:00
  • 01 August 2012, 19:00
  • 03 August 2012, 19:00
  • 04 August 2012, 19:00
  • 05 August 2012, 19:00
  • 07 August 2012, 19:00
  • 08 August 2012, 19:00
  • 09 August 2012, 19:00
  • 11 August 2012, 19:00
  • 12 August 2012, 19:00

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Andrea Breth, Stage Director
Martin Zehetgruber, Set Design
Moidele Bickel, Costume Design
Wolfgang Wiens, Dramaturgy
Friedrich Rom, Lighting Design
Bert Wrede, Music
Alexander Nefzger, Sound Design


Peter Simonischek, Friedrich Wilhelm, Elector of Brandenburg
Andrea Clausen, The Electress
Pauline Knof, Princess Natalie of Orange, his niece
Udo Samel, Field marshal Dörfling
August Diehl, Prince Frederic Arthur of Homburg
Hans-Michael Rehberg, Colonel Kottwitz
Hans Dieter Knebel, Hennings
Gerhard König, Count Truchß
Roland Koch, Count Hohenzollern
Marcus Kiepe, Cavalry Captain von der Golz
Daniel Jesch, Count George of Sparren
Bernd Birkhahn, Stranz
Branko Samarovski, Siegfried of Mörner
Sven Dolinski, Count Reuß
Elisabeth Orth, Countess Bork



On November 21, 1811 – 200 years ago – the poet and genius Heinrich von Kleist, having failed most grandiosely, chose to commit suicide together with his companion Henriette Vogel. Violence is ever-present in his work as well. “To Kleist, the world was constant war … and even love is an opulent battlefield to him,” as one writer noted. – Now, for the Festival summer of 2012, Andrea Breth and her equally ingenious designer-partner Martin Zehetgruber follow Kleist into his abyss, producing his play Prinz Friedrich von Homburg on stage at Salzburg’s Landestheater. The former Jedermann actor Peter Simonischek returns to Salzburg as the Elector Frederic. The role of the Prince, who ignores a command of the Elector and is sentenced to death as a result, will be performed by August Diehl, making his debut at the Salzburg Festival.
“Kleist’s Elector condemns the Prince of Homburg to death for insubordination, although it was his daring that overwhelmed the Swedes. … In the Prince and the Elector, the human dualism of reason and drive, sense and sensuality face each other. When the Prince submits to the Elector’s death sentence, the reason of law seems to triumph; but nothing the piece has mobilized against it so far is forgotten either – on the contrary, the dreamy utopian, the Prince, leaves a stronger impression. The play bears his name in its title for a reason; he is the hero. If Kleist was attempting to write a play to please the royal court, he could not have succeeded less. On the other hand, it turned out a masterwork on the torn state of mankind, proving its modernism in exactly the aspects that displeased the court,” the dramaturge of the Salzburg production, Wolfgang Wiens, explains.