Anna Karenina oder Arme Leute

Two stories about love under the pressure of circumstances: In Anna Karenina, Lev Tolstoy dedicates himself to the tectonic shifts tirelessly working away under the sugary surface of riches at the end of the 1870s. Anna’s story is also that of today’s Western Europe, a society that suspects that something is going to change but doesn’t know what the new situation will look like. Dostoyevsky's novel Poor Folk, in contrast, is »just« a collection of letters – the leftovers of the relationship between Makar and Varvara, a couple without a future. Love, according to Dostoyevsky's bitter realisation, is something they cannot afford. Oliver Frljić is celebrating the re-opening of the Gorki’s mainstage with a twin-track evening that brings these two great novelists together.

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Premiere: September 15th, 2019

Photo: Esra Rotthoff

Stage Photos: Ute Langkafel


Stage design




Emre Aksızoğlu

Jonas Dassler

Lea Draeger

Anastasia Gubareva

Timon Joris Holzmann

Carlo Meyer

Abak Safaei-Rad


Falilou Seck

Hanh Mai Thi Tran

Till Wonka

Mehmet Yılmaz