Live Streaming from Barbican London
Complicite & Schaubühne Berlin: "Beware οf Pity"
SUN 12 FEB 2017
The video will be available until Sunday 26 February 2017.
2 hours (without intermission)
Age guidance 15+
We are streaming live from the Barbican in London: We are delighted to announce that you can watch on sgt.gr the completely sold out show "Beware of Pity" by Stefan Zweig.
Performed in German with English subtitles.
Simon McBurney directs the outstanding Schaubühne ensemble in a vivid account of a young man’s slide into a terrible situation, his struggle to extricate himself from it raising questions of consciousness and compassion.
Young officer Hofmiller commits a faux pas at a soirée held by a Baron, unwittingly asking his paralysed daughter to dance. The mistake pulls him into a relentless train of events in this devastating depiction of honour, love and betrayal, realised against the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – a catalyst for the outbreak of the First World War.
Two of Europe’s most boundary-pushing, imaginative theatre companies work together at the Barbican for the first time. Their co-production is based on Stefan Zweig’s 1939 novel, written just before the Second World War but looking back to the verge of the previous disaster. Reverberating in the past and present, the story is relayed in German by seven actors, swapping narration and dialogue to vocally build the tension of McBurney’s orally rich, visually eloquent production.
Beware of Pity follows the five-star triumphs of The Encounter and The Forbidden Zone, the last shows presented by Complicite and the Schaubühne respectively.
“Magnificent” – Der Tagesspiegel
“Marvellous” – Der Spiegel
“A thrilling vortex of fear, hope and doubt” – Zitty
“World wars and refugee crises collide in blood-soaked horror” – Guardian
Founded in 1983, Complicite is an international theatre company based in London led by Artistic Director Simon McBurney (OBE) and Producer Judith Dimant (MBE). The company has won over fifty major theatre awards worldwide. Complicite’s recent work includes The Encounter, Lionboy, The Master and Margarita, Shun-kin and A Disappearing Number. Alongside its productions, Complicite runs an extensive Creative Learning programme with recent projects including Like Mother, Like Daughter and Tea. The Encounter was live streamed in March 2016 and seen by 67,500 people online.
Watch the trailer (In German with English subtitles).
creditsLive stream credits:
Co-produced by Complicite and the Schaubühne
Presented by the Barbican and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary
Live streaming presented in partnership with Goethe-Institut London
Complicite and Schaubühne Berlin
Beware of Pity (Ungeduld des Herzens)
Adapted from the book by Stefan Zweig
Adaptation: Simon McBurney, James Yeatman, Maja Zade and the Ensemble
Director: Simon McBurney
Co-director: James Yeatman
Set Design: Anna Fleischle
Costumes: Holly Waddington
Lighting: Paul Anderson
Sound Design: Pete Malkin
Sound Associate: Benjamin Grant
Video: Will Duke
With: Robert Beyer, Marie Burchard, Johannes Flaschberger, Christoph Gawenda, Moritz Gottwald, Laurenz Laufenberg, Eva Meckbach
read moreLive stream will be available on YouTube for 2 weeks following the event and will be taken down at 11:59 GMT on Sunday 26 February 2017.
Watch the "in conversation" event with Beware of Pity director Simon McBurney and Schaubühne artistic director Thomas Ostermeier. This will be filmed on 10 February at the Barbican and the video will be available after the live stream on 12 February.
Further instructions for watching the live stream
The live stream will begin at 3pm GMT on Sunday 12 February, and will then be available on demand until 11.59pm GMT on Sunday 26 February. To watch, you will need to:
1. Press play and the live stream will begin.
2. We recommend playing the stream at the highest quality. To do this, click on the icon at the bottom of the video screen, select 'quality' and then select '720p'. If, however, you experience any disruption or lagging in the video, go back to these settings and choose ‘Auto’.
3. In general we recommend watching the show with Chrome or Mozilla Firefox as your browser or Mozilla Firefox. Other browsers will work but Internet Explorer in particular could will bring more issues to users.
4. Wifi or wired internet line is recommended but mobile data will also work for live streaming to mobile devices.