The Captain of Kopenick

Olivier Theatre, National, London
The Captain of Kopenick
Olivier Theatre, National, London
Our Review 3.5 / 5

Cast includes Antony Sher Released after fifteen years in prison, trapped in a bureaucratic maze, petty criminal Wilhelm Voight wanders 1910 Berlin in desperate, hazardous pursuit of identity papers. Luck changes when he picks up an abandoned military uniform in a fancy-dress shop and finds the city ready to obey his every command. At the head of six soldiers, he marches to the Mayor’s office, cites corruption and confiscates the treasury with ease. But still what he craves is official recognition that he exists.

Opening date |
29th January 2013
Categories |
Carl Zuckmayer, in a new English version by Ron Hutchinson
Adrian Noble

Olivier Theatre, National Venue Information

Olivier Theatre, National, South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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Our Review of The Captain of Kopenick


In 1906, an extraordinary event in Germany captured the imagination of the general public, and made the perpetrator something of a folk hero. The event was captured by Carl Zuckmayer in a play entitled 'The Captain of Köpenick: A German Fairy Tale in Three Acts' which was first performed in Berlin in 1931. This English revival of Zuckmayer's work is by Ron Hutchinson and directed by Adrian Noble. Read more

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