​William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare (*1564 – 1616) is one of the most frequently performed dramatists of our time whose works rank among the eminent creations of world literature. After his education at the Stratford Latin School, William Shakespeare worked as actor before he moved to London in 1585 where he lived as stage director, dramaturg and stage writer. In 1592 he was first mentioned as successful playwright and actor. He joined the Lord Chamberlain’s Company and was co-owner of the Globe Theater.
The first significant overall publication of Shakespeare’s works is the folio from 1623 encompassing a total of 36 dramas. Research differentiates between three dramatic groups of work: historical dramas (e.g. “King Richard II”, 1595), comedies and romances (e.g. “A Midsummer Night’s Dream”, 1600) as well as tragedies (e.g. “Romeo and Juliet”, 1595/96). Due to scant information the authorship of Shakespeare’s works has given abundant grounds for speculation.
During the 2001/02 season the Münchner Kammerspiele presented Tom Lanoye’s and Luk Perceval’s 12-hour production “Schlachten!” at Jutierhalle. This staging processed several of Shakespeare’s dramas and was elected “Best Production of the Year 2000” by the magazine “Theater heute”. The re-opening of the Schauspielhaus of the Kammerspiele in 2003 saw the performance of Shakespeare’s “Othello” (directed by Luk Perceval). The first season under the directorship of Matthias Lilienthal will be inaugurated by Nicolas Stemann’s production of Shakespeare’s “The Merchant of Venice”.

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