An impoverished country squire from the region of La Mancha can no longer tell the difference between fiction and reality. Having read quantities of chivalric romances – the age of knights errant is long gone – he calls himself Don Quijote of La Mancha, and assigns himself the noble duty of defending his fellow citizens against the forces of evil and fighting for justice.
He makes a helmet from pasteboard, cleans his rusty armour, and gives his old horse the euphonious name Rocinante. Naturally he needs a trusty attendant, and appoints the only seemingly naive Sancho Panza to that role. Thus the stage is set for heroism and fame. Above all he needs to rescue his lady love, a simple farm girl, whom he dubs ¬ Dulcinea of Toboso. But the battles where he tilts at windmills – which Don Quijote believes to be giants – are crushing defeats, at the end of which he gets badly beaten up. He returns home without success, as the knight of the sad countenance, protected by Sancho Panza.
In this coproduction, the famous couple will be played by an equally well-matched duo, Ulrich Matthes and Wolfram Koch. These two greats of the acting profession will join stage director Jan Bosse – a man with a feel for the fantastical and a great storyteller – in a theatrical and socio-political role play that explores the twin questions of what exactly the appeal is of being another person, and whether we couldn't use a Don Quijote today as a way of countering the blinkered faith in the future and one-dimensional thinking of our day and age with something utopian.
with Ulrich Matthes, Wolfram Koch
Stage director Jan Bosse
Stage designer Stéphane Laimé
Costume designer Kathrin Plath
Music Arno Kraehahn
Dramaturg David Heiligers