Thursday 2 February 2017
Complicite / Schaubühne / Stefan Zweig
The sold-out performance of Beware of Pity will be live streamed online on Sunday 12 February at 3pm.
Watch for free online here.
Simon McBurney directs the award winning Schaubühne ensemble in a vivid account of a young man’s slide into a terrible situation and his struggle to extricate himself from it. One 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.
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.
"Impresses with emotional intelligence … magnificent” Der Tagesspiegel
“Marvellous and focused” Der Spiegel
Beware of Pity follows the five-star triumphs of The Encounter and The Forbidden Zone, the last shows presented at the Barbican Centre by Complicite and the Schaubühne respectively.