Towards the end of his life, Johann Wolfgang von Goethe looked back at more than fifty years of exploration of the story of Faust: From the 1770s to shortly before his death in 1832, he worked on this material, which he first came across in the form of a puppet show as a young boy and which would dominate his life as an author. Goethe created two plays from the material: Faust I, published in 1806 and Faust II, completed shortly before his death and published posthumously.
As a continuation of the double projects launched in previous seasons, Schauspiel Leipzig will take different approaches to both parts of “Faust” – and present them in quite different ways. “Faust I” will be a production on the Main Stage, continuing the Leipzig work with choirs. For Part II, we will leave the Schauspielhaus and the classic theatre situation – dividing the production into three parallel topical tours of the city of Leipzig, driven by our interest in which topics from “Faust II” still occupy us today and what connections we can draw from the material into our own times.
The tours will start at the Schauspielhaus and take place simultaneously: Spectators can only take part in one tour per performance. For the ending of “Faust II”, all three tours will reunite at the Schauspielhaus.
On eight performance days, “Faust I” and “Faust II” can be experienced consecutively, “Faust I” also on eight days without Part II or the tours. More detailed information on the production and the two parts of Faust follows below.