Theatre and Comedy

The Captain of Köpenick


The Olivier, National Theatre, Southbank


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The Captain of Köpenick

The clothes make the man

Ron Hutchinson's savagely funny adaptation of satirical play 'The Captain of Köpenick' by Carl Zuckmayer has been praised by top critics worldwide while gaining national attention. The play follows petty criminal Wilhelm Voigt, released after fifteen years in prison and trapped in a bureaucratic maze, as he wanders through 1910 Berlin in desperate pursuit of identity papers. While in a fancy-dress shop, Voigt stumbles upon an abandoned military uniform and finds that his new appearance demands unquestioned obedience from his fellow citizens. With a group of six soldiers, Voigt heads to the Mayor's office and confiscates the city's treasury, citing political corruption. A whirlwind of upheaval and the onset of a deep rooted identity crisis brings forth laugh-out loud tactics that sees this gem of a play gain fans at every turn. ‘Hilarious... Spectacular... Adrian Noble and designer Anthony Ward pull out all the stops in this lively adaptation.’ - The Times. General admission.

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