Eines langen Tages Reise in die Nacht [Long Day’s Journey Into Night]

Eines langen Tages Reise in die Nacht
Director: Andrea Breth
Writer: Eugene O’Neill
Cast: Sven-Eric Bechtolf, Corinna Kirchhoff, Alexander Fehling, August Diehl, Andrea Wenzl
Seen on: 15.4.2018

Plot:
James Tyrone (Sven-Eric Bechtolf) used to be a great actor, now he is mostly remembered for a singe role. His wife Mary (Corinna Kirchhoff) just returned from rehab for her morphine addiction. Their older son James (Alexander Fehling) drinks too much and their younger son Edmund (August Diehl) has tuberculosis. And on this day, the four of them come together and things just start to spill.

Eines langen Tages Reise in die Nacht works off a strong basis but the production doesn’t work – the mise-en-scène just didn’t tie everything together, rather the opposite.

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Hamlet – DNF

Hamlet
Director: Andrea Breth
Writer: William Shakespeare
Cast: August Diehl, Hans-Michael Rehberg, Roland Koch, Andrea Clausen, Udo Samel

Plot:
Prince Hamlet (August Diehl) just returned to Denmark after his father’s death. His mother Gertrud (Andrea Clausen) has quickly remarried – and who else but Hamlet’s uncle Claudius (Roland Koch)? But Hamlet’s father (Hans-Michael Rehberg) still haunts the castle grounds and he tells Hamlet that it was his own brother who killed him. Now it’s upon Hamlet to set things right again. But Hamlet’s grasp on sanity is slipping. Or maybe that is all a ruse?

I’ve heard good things about this production of Hamlet and I’m a big fan of August Diehl, so I knew that I had to go and see it, despite it being over five hours long. Unfortunately it was a disappointing experience.

Hamlet

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