SHAKESPEARE'S LAST PLAY
Text by Bush Moukarzel, Ben Kidd and William Shakespeare
German Translation by Gerhild Steinbuch
In the history of art, late works are the catastrophe.
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.
Some have suggested that The Tempest was Shakespeare’s farewell to Art. Through the character of Prospero, he assembles the world on a stage and begs them to let him go. But art seems unwilling to grant him his freedom − the Death of the Author is not permitted.
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 Design: Kevin Gleeson
Dramaturgy: Nils Haarmann
Lighting Design: Norman Plathe
Voice: Bush Moukarzel
Shakespeare's Last Play is a Schaubuhne Production, and it premiered on 24 April 2018