Theatertag: Schlachten

3. Teil der Kriegstrilogie

Body, history, violence – three key concepts in Heiner Müller’s work, which is as multi-layered and marked by fractures as the author’s life itself. The author, inextricably tied to Berlin – censored, feared, hesitantly embraced and finally celebrated – confronts us with challenges. This production is the conclusion of Oliver Frljić’s War Trilogy. In it he complements Philoktet with additional texts by Heiner Müller, Die Schlacht (The Battle) and Germania 3 Gespenster am Toten Mann (Ghosts at the Dead Man) in particular. In his adaptation of Sophocles’ Philoctetes, Müller sets up his heroes to clash in a game about reason and violence, lies and political constraints. In light of today’s wars, a spirited, sensorial analysis emerges on our stage, an analysis of personal corruption, societal repression and amoral excessiveness.


Premiere on 25/März 2023

Performance rights: henschel SCHAUSPIEL Theaterverlag Berlin GmbH

Note: The production uses, stroboscopic lights and explicit photographs from war and crisis zones.

Photo: Esra Rotthoff
Stage photos: Ute Langkafel 

With texts by
Heiner Müller
Directed by
Oliver Frljić


Stage design

Music Director

Video Design



Marina Frenk

Tim Freudensprung

Vidina Popov

Mehmet Yılmaz