A jewish-queer revenge musical by Tucké Royale 


The twins Ida and Dolores are born from the womb of Eastern European Jewry in the early 20th century – allegedly as a girl and boy. During their childhood in the countryside, the two take advantage of various opportunities to brawl and dance ballet. Early on their talent for dance takes them out of the narrow-mindedness of the countryside and to the European variety show stages of the Golden Twenties. With the Nazi invasion of Poland, this connection suddenly becomes precarious. After two years together in the Warsaw Ghetto, the twins are forcibly separated, and Ida deported to Treblinka. Dolores heads to the German capital without her sister. Living in the underground of queer Berlin and equipped with fake papers, she dances in the Wintergarten variety show. Famous and sought-after for her beautiful legs, she gains access to the circles of those orchestrating the Holocaust in order to have her merciless revenge at the centre of their power.

Author and director Tucké Royale merges the biographies of queer and Jewish resistance fighters in his revenge-musical. Mit Dolores habt ihr nicht gerechnet (You didn’t expect Dolores) tells the story of two armed heroines in which the stereotype of Jewish impotence and missing resistance is juxtaposed with the invariable retaliation for German culpability.

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Premiere: October 16th, 2017 

​​​​​​​Text and DirectionTucké Royale Co-Author Johannes Maria Schmit Stage, Costume and PuppetryJosa Marx Light  Daniel Krawietz, Fritz Stötzner Dramaturgy Tobias Herzberg Research/Artistic Assistant Mateusz Szymanówka Supervision ehrliche arbeit – freies Kulturbüro

With Mathias Becker, Friedericke Miller, Oscar Olivo, Mehmet Yılmaz (puppetry) and Ted Gaier, Yuriy Gurzhy, Angy Lord, Paula Sell (music)


The production is a project by Tucké Royale and the Schwules Museum* Berlin, produced together with the Studio Я of the Maxim Gorki Theater Berlin. In coproduction with Kampnagel Hamburg and in cooperation with the Puppentheater Halle. Within the project »Queering Holocaust History« funded by the Kulturstiftung des Bundes and Kulturbehörde Hamburg, Hamburgische Kulturstiftung, Rusch Stiftung and Rudolf Augstein Stiftung.

Text and Direction
Tucké Royale