The wild duck (DE)

A clear-cut German production of The Wild Duck that centres on the fate of the child.

She is a sensational discovery in German theatre,” says producer Michail Thalheimer of Henrike Johanna Jörissen. When Deutches Theater from Berlin comes to the Ibsen Festival with Die Wildente, it could be Ms Jörissen’s brilliant portrayal of Hedvig that audiences find most moving. Together with the rest of the Ekdahl family and Werle she takes the uphill struggle against the striking stage sets by Thalheimer’s regular partner, Olaf Altmann. Thalheimer and Altmann represent the very best of German theatre, and contributed in May this year with Die Ratten to the great German Theatre festival the Theatertreffen in Berlin. The young Ms Jörissen, who is still studying at drama school, also played a role there. She appears to have a brilliant career ahead of her.

Leading German company

Deutsches Theater is one of Germany’s leading playhouses, at the heart of Berlin. Michael Thalheimer is today the leading director of the theatre. He made his début in 1997, and a major breakthrough came in 2000 at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg. He has directed productions in New York, Tokyo, Moscow, Rome, Kiev, Budapest, Belgrade, Prague, Madrid, Mexico City and Bogotá. He was a guest at the Samtidsfestival in 2007 with Jon Fosse’s Sleep (Svevn). The German critics were unanimous in their acclaim of this production, which according to Die Welt “even opponents of Fosse must enjoy.” The Wild Duck is Thalheimer’s first Ibsen production.


With: Henrike Johanna Jörissen, Barbara Schnitzler, Almut Zilcher, Ingo Hülsmann, Jürgen Huth, Horst Lebinsky, Sven Lehmann, Peter Pagel. Directed by: Michael Thalheimer Set: Olaf Altmann Costumes: Barbara Drosihn.