Don Quixote (Don Quijote)

by Jakob Nolte based on Miguel de Cervantes
Director Jan Bosse
Costumes Kathrin Plath
Lighting Robert Grauel
Dramaturgy David Heiligers
Berlin premiere
12. Oktober 2019
Deutsches Theater
Co-production with Bregenzer Festspiele
Ulrich MatthesDon Quixote
Wolfram KochSancho Panza
Don Quixote
Sancho Panza
New York Times
A. J. Goldmann, 24.11.2019
Jan Bosse’s production of "Quixote", [...] makes a radical yet impressively efficient reduction of the lengthy tome. Jakob Nolte, a young German playwright, turns the sprawling picaresque into a two-man show for the title knight and his loyal squire, Sancho Panza.

The synergy between Matthes and Koch is possibly the best I've witnessed between actors on a German stage. Whether in moments of incredulity (Sancho warning Quixote against charging the windmills) or argument (a witty late-evening debate about who the book’s real protagonist is), their relationship is thoroughly codependent.

But in the right artistic hands, even the unruliest and most cumbersome of narratives can be converted into gripping, involving theater.

[...]
It’s easy to wonder, at times, whether these characters are meant to be Cervantes’s iconic figures or just two homeless crazies playing make believe. This is, of course, just another way of construing the novel’s themes of imagination and madness. Either way, Matthes and Koch cut these outsize roles down to size.

[...]
Ulrich Matthes, a longtime ensemble member (best known internationally for having played Goebbels in the film "Downfall"), is a rugged and restless Quixote, both cruel and unexpectedly tender toward his companion. Wolfram Koch makes for an unusually assertive, though still gruff and uncouth, Sancho Panza.
Jan Bosse’s production of "Quixote", [...] makes a radical yet impressively efficient reduction of the lengthy tome. Jakob Nolte, a young German playwright, turns the sprawling picaresque into a two-man show for the title knight and his loyal squire, Sancho Panza.

The synergy between Matthes and Koch is possibly the best I've witnessed between actors on a German stage. Whether in moments of incredulity (Sancho warning Quixote against charging the windmills) or argument (a witty late-evening debate about who the book’s real protagonist is), their relationship is thoroughly codependent.

But in the right artistic hands, even the unruliest and most cumbersome of narratives can be converted into gripping, involving theater.

[...]
It’s easy to wonder, at times, whether these characters are meant to be Cervantes’s iconic figures or just two homeless crazies playing make believe. This is, of course, just another way of construing the novel’s themes of imagination and madness. Either way, Matthes and Koch cut these outsize roles down to size.

[...]
Ulrich Matthes, a longtime ensemble member (best known internationally for having played Goebbels in the film "Downfall"), is a rugged and restless Quixote, both cruel and unexpectedly tender toward his companion. Wolfram Koch makes for an unusually assertive, though still gruff and uncouth, Sancho Panza.

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