A History of the Berliner Ensemble (Cambridge Studies in by David Barnett

By David Barnett

The Berliner Ensemble used to be based via Bertolt Brecht and his spouse Helene Weigel in 1949. the corporate quickly received foreign prominence, and its productions and philosophy inspired the paintings of theatre-makers world wide. David Barnett's ebook is the 1st learn of the corporate in any language. in accordance with huge archival study, it uncovers Brecht's operating equipment and people of the company's most vital administrators after his demise. The booklet considers the boon and burden of Brecht's legacy and gives new insights into battles waged behind the curtain for the maintenance of the Brechtian culture. The Berliner Ensemble was once additionally the German Democratic Republic's so much prestigious cultural export, attracting consciousness from the top circles of presidency, and from the Stasi, ahead of it privatised itself after German reunification in 1990. Barnett items jointly a fancy background that sheds gentle on either the company's groundbreaking productions and their turbulent times.

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