Klaus Figge is Germany's most experienced and well-known stage combat choreographer. Born in Essen, he completed his studies at the German Sport University Cologne (master's equivalent in 1968) and at the University of Cologne (state examinations in history in 1970). He taught at the Folkwang University of the Arts from 1971 to 2015. Since then he's choreographed fencing and fight scenes at various theatres and operas located around the German-speaking countries, from Berlin to Vienna and Hamburg to Zurich. Hamlet is his eighth collaboration with Christian Weise.