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Werther! with Philipp Hochmair

20 February, 2017

Goethe-Institut & fortyfivedownstairs

20 February 2017
duration: 60 minutes
times: 7.30pm
ticket price: $30 – $35
03 9662 9966

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What relevance could Goethe’s emotional diary-like novel about the lovesick Werther have in today’s world of Facebook, Twitter and iPhones?

Philipp Hochmair and Nicholas Stemann build on the bedrock of Goethe’s original text, infusing it with their own personal and contemporary point of view. Intertwining different delivery techniques such as reading, mono-drama and performance art, they   create a one-man-show that underlines the vanity and hopelessness of young Werther.

Philipp Hochmair begins reading directly out of Goethe’s epistolary novel and delves into Werther’s state of mind in front of a camera. A young man who has moved away from home for the first time becomes engrossed in an impossible love story and revels in recording his feelings. His video projections become an example of the vanity that entraps him. An inside look at an unhappy soul and the mechanism of self-destruction. An invitation to the most famous ego trip in all of German literature.

Since 1997, Werther! has toured the world and been presented using different stage setups. Among the productions, it was shown at the Berliner Ensemble, the theatre festival in Bogota and Cuba, as well as new theatre spaces like thermal baths or classrooms.

“A magic moment with a star, Philipp Hochmair, an exceptional talent”  Neue Zuricher Zeitung

 “Watching it provides an hour of pure enjoyment”   Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung

An Australian premiere production.

Performed in German and English with English subtitles.


Philipp Hochmair is one of the most prominent actors in the German speaking theatre- and filmscene. He studied at Max-Reinhardt-Seminar in Vienna, followed by an engagement at the Wiener Burgtheater and Thalia Theater in Hamburg. In the piece Werther! he demonstrates anew his faboulous acting skills and mimes the protagonist in a refreshingly approachable and modern way.

Nicolas Stemann has set in scene numerous pieces on the stages of major theaters. Three of his productions (Hamlet in 2002, Das Werk in 2004 and Ulrike Maria Stuart in 2007) were already invited to the yearly Theatertreffen Berlin.

Ticket Prices:

Full: $35,
Concession: $30,



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