Schwerin and Anklam in the Early 1980s: Cooperation and Conflict

Laura Bradley

in Cooperation and Conflict

Published in print October 2010 | ISBN: 9780199589630
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191595479 | DOI:
Schwerin and Anklam in the Early 1980s: Cooperation and Conflict

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This chapter examines synchronic differences in censorship, focusing on productions whose premières were scheduled for April 1984 in neighbouring rural regions, Schwerin and Neubrandenburg. When Christoph Schroth staged Schiller's Demetrius and Volker Braun's Dmitri at the Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater, pre‐performance censorship functioned broadly as intended. The première and ensuing performances passed without incident, surprising some experts. In Anklam, however, Frank Castorf became embroiled in a bitter and protracted conflict with local officials, who were seeking his removal. His staging of Brecht's Trommeln in der Nacht was banned before its première, even though representatives of the Union of Theatre Practitioners had raised no objections at the run‐through. The investigation focuses on the working relationships between theatre practitioners and officials, and between the central and local authorities. It demonstrates the extent and limits of censorship powers in the localities.

Keywords: Christoph Schroth; Frank Castorf; Volker Braun; Theater Anklam; Mecklenburgisches Staatstheater

Chapter.  13570 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Studies (Plays and Playwrights)

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