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Die Nacht von Sevilla - Fußballdrama in fünf Akten

by Manuel Neukirchner

Cooperation with the German Football Museum
World premiere

The semi-finals between Germany and France on July 8, 1982, in Seville were among the most memorable football matches in the history of the World Cup. The nerve-wracking events on the pitch threatened to seriously challenge Franco-German relations. The terrible collision between goalkeeper Toni Schumacher and Patrick Battiston, the tense extra time, and the first penalty shoot-out of a World Cup are still on people's minds more than four decades after the spectacular clash between the two great football nations.

Manuel Neukirchner's documentary play removes the historical distance from the events and gives the impression of being on the pitch at the Estadio Ramón Sánchez Pizjuán in Seville on that sultry evening in the summer of 1982. You are immersed in the thoughts of the tragic and glorious heroes. The dialogues and monologues of historical figures in the play are taken from autobiographies, interviews, documentaries, newspaper reports, television broadcasts, and conversations between the author and the players.

"This play is entertaining, highly exciting and at least as good as the more than two hours in the stadium in Seville," says Paul Breitner, the playmaker and captain of the German national team at the 1982 World Cup. In this staged reading, actor Peter Lohmeyer takes on all the roles in this football drama. He is supported by one of the tragic heroes of this truly historic game: the former goalkeeper Toni Schumacher.

Peter Lohmeyer liest Die Nacht von Sevilla Credit Deutsches Fußballmuseum Stephan Schütze
Peter Lohmeyer reads "The Night of Seville" Photo: Deutsches Fußballmuseum / Stephan Schütze | Foto: Foto: Deutsches Fußballmuseum Stephan Schütze

Funded by the BROST Foundation.

With: Peter Lohmeyer and Harald “Toni” Schumacher
Text & Dramaturgy: Manuel Neukirchner
Set design: Bahadir Hamdemir
Stage & Lighting: Bahadir Hamdemir
Management: Ann Kathrin Weber
Technical management: Roman Schellenberg
Project assistant: Carina Bammesberger, Tim Schelenz
Production: PxB Studios GmbH
Production management: Jana Pausinger
Creative direction: Alexander Bartneck
Event technology: B+B Veranstaltungstechnik GmbH
Show Programming & Simulation: AMBION GmbH

Age: 12+

Further performance dates on the website of The German Football Museum.

Photo: Imago

Duration: 1h 30m
no interval

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