Max und Moritz
nach Wilhelm Busch, Regie: Antú Romero Nunes
A Tale of Bad Boys for Grown-Ups
Based on Wilhelm Busch
Coproduction with Berliner Ensemble
Max and Moritz are Germany’s best-known pranksters. For more than a century, their joyous anarchism and grim fate have fascinated children and adults alike. Wilhelm Busch’s picaresque tale is the most popular children’s book in the world. Set at a turning point of the 19th century, Bush’s stories depict a society faced with radical changes. Whilst the stories’ grown-ups cling to the crusty traditions and established order of the Biedermeier period, the two good-for-nothings boisterously attack this bourgeois complacency.
Antú Romero Nunes, born in Tübingen in 1983, is one of the most defining directors of his generation. He worked, among others, at Thalia Theatre Hamburg, the Burgtheater Vienna and the Berliner Ensemble. Ruhrfestspiele audiences probably remember him best for his smash hit production Don Giovanni. The Last Party (2016). This year, Nunes has re-imagined Max and Moritz for an adult audience. His re-telling a malicious romp filled with black humour and plenty of music.