The Captain of Kopenick

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.

Carl Zuckmayer, in a new English version by Ron Hutchinson
Adrian Noble

Olivier Theatre, National

South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
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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... Read more

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