"People are dying and they are not happy."
After the death of his sister and lover Drusilla, the young Roman Emperor Caligula is only able to perceive the limitations of life. Existence seems meaningless to him. In protest against a world "which is intolerable in its current form", he vows to eradicate lying and abolish privileges and conventions. The once popular ruler drives his longing for unlimited freedom on and on, destroying every value until finally, he becomes a tyrant and murderer. At this point, the first conspirators join forces against him. Undeterred, Caligula expedites his state-sanctioned terror in ever more horrific ways – but intending to force his victims to resist. This resistance will necessarily result in his own annihilation, for "one cannot destroy everything without destroying oneself."
Note: This production contains explicit depictions of physical and sexual violence, which can be stressful or retraumatizing.
Costumes Annelies Vanlaere
Lighting Kristina Jedelsky
17 December 2022
Duration: 2 hours 20 minutes, no intermission
Philipp RohmerLive music
13. February 2023 19.30 - 21.50
Tickets & prices
Tickets for pupils and students: DT/Kammerspiele 9 €; Box/Saal 8 or 6 €