Film & Discussion Maria Stuart by Friedrich Schiller

Theatre Play © Deutsches Theater Berlin

Wednesday 23.03.2022 at 05:00 pm.

Goethe Hall

Colombo Theatre Forum

The Goethe-Institut Sri Lanka in collaboration with the theatre group Interactart and and the Deutsches Theater Berlin invites you to an online stream of the stage drama “Maria Stuart by Friedrich Schiller” directed by Anne Lenk.


Mary Stuart, Catholic Queen of Scots, has fled from her people, who accuse her of contract killing her husband. In England, she hopes for political asylum from her cousin, the Protestant Queen Elizabeth, but at the same time lays claim to her crown, whose rightful heir she sees herself as. She is captured and interned, liberation attempts by young rescuers fail.

But Mary's splendor also radiates from the dungeon: she can count on a loyal following and knows France at her side. After several foiled assassination attempts on Queen Elizabeth, which are blamed on Mary, she is to be executed. In Elisabeth's advisory staff, opinions differ, an attempt at reconciliation in the form of a meeting between the two queens fails magnificently. Nevertheless, Elisabeth hesitates to carry out the death sentence. She fears the decision in a duel that no winner will know.

Friedrich Schiller's Maria Stuart is a game of intrigue in the web of politics, religion, love and power, to which all figures are inescapably subjected. Schiller draws a tableau of powerful people who shy away from responsibility and suffocate in their positions. And he shows them as deeply human characters who, in their actions or non-actions, lonely, isolated and unfree, repeatedly end up with themselves. Sartre: "Man is condemned to freedom. Because once he is thrown into the world, he is responsible for everything he does."

Anne Lenk Image ©Anne Lenk

Anne Lenk, born in 1978, studied applied theatre studies in Giessen before moving to the Otto Falckenberg School to study directing. After graduation, she became an in-house director in Augsburg, further stations were Lübeck, Bochum, Aachen and Osnabrück, as well as most recently regularly the Residenztheater Munich and the Thalia Theater Hamburg. 
​​​​With their world premiere of Franz Xaver Kroetz' Du hast gewackelt. Requiem for a dear child, she was invited to the Mülheimer Theatertage 2013. Räuberhände (premiere) after Finn-Ole Heinrich is invited to the festival Augenblick mal in Berlin in 2013. Her world premiere of Nis-Momme Stockmann's Phosphoros was shown at the Autorentheatertage at the Deutsches Theater in 2014. Teaching assignments have taken her to the Conservatory in Vienna and to the Berlin University of the Arts. 

At the Deutsches Theater she staged Job by Joseph Roth in the 2015/16 season, Das Fest by Thomas Vinterberg and Mogens Rukov and in the 2016/17 season Der Tag, als ich nicht ich mehr war by Roland Schimmelpfennig. Her productions Der Menschenfeind by Molière (2019) and Maria Stuart by Friedrich Schiller received an invitation to the Theatertreffen, The misanthrope was also awarded the Friedrich Luft Prize 2020. In December 2021, she staged Der zerbrochne Krug by Heinrich von Kleist.

“This stream is presented in 4K and ultra hi definition audio.”

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