Text by
Bush Moukarzel,
Ben Kidd and
William Shakespeare

German Translation by Gerhild Steinbuch

In the history of art, late works are the catastrophe.

Theodor Adorno

Shakespeare’s last play, The Tempest, takes place nowhere. The magician Prospero − also believed to be Shakespeare’s last role as an actor − rules over an unnamed island, a place where those stranded on it experience boredom, terror, grief, euphoria and despair. In other words, they are in a theatre.

Heiner Müller said: We have not yet arrived at ourselves, so long as Shakespeare writes our plays. Perhaps it is time for Shakespeare’s last play. The Tempest presents us with a world of lost people, lost in their own worlds, struggling to understand where they are. Prospero watches over them, knowing their every move − as we see them move inexorably towards the end. Shakespeare showed us that whatever your role, King or beggar, all of humanity meets in the democracy of the grave.

Direction Ben Kidd, Bush Moukarzel
Set Design Chloe Lamford
Costume Design Nina Wetzel
Video José Miguel Jiménez González
Sound Kevin Gleeson
Dramaturg Nils Haarmann
Lighting Design Norman Plathe 

Thomas Bading
Moritz Gottwald
Jenny König
Nina Kunzendorf
Mark Waschke

Voice: Bush Moukarzel

Shakespeare's Last Play is a Schaubuhne Production, and it premiered on 24 April 2018. For touring information, please contact Caroline Buyken on