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Murmel Murmel

Volksbühne, Berlin | Herbert Fritsch | Dieter Roth
28 - 30 August 2015

In 2012 actor and director Herbert Fritsch caused a sensation at Berlin’s Volksbühne Theatre with his sumptuous and hilarious staging of what was considered an unstagable work. Murmel Murmel is a play by Swiss artist Dieter Roth consisting of 178 pages of dialogue using only one word, Murmel.

The result is a side-splittingly funny eighty minutes of mind-altering slapstick, cringe-inducing costumes and a psychedelic surging set – a Dadaistic embrace of nonsense and hilarity in glorious technicolor.

You could call it a satirical comment on today’s hysterical, overexcited turbo-society or you could simply enjoy the brilliantly choreographed insanity.

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  • Running time: 
    1 hour and 20 minutes approximately (no interval)

Supported by 

Edinburgh International Festival Friends and Patrons

The Director's Circle



By Dieter Roth

Herbert Fritsch Director and Stage Designer
Victoria Behr Costumes
Ingo Günther Music
Torsten König Lighting Designer
Sabrina Zwach Dramaturg

Cast Florian Anderer, Matthias Buss, Werner Eng, Ingo Günther, Jonas Hien, Simon Jensen, Wolfram Koch, Annika Meier, Anne Ratte-Polle, Bastian Reiber, Stefan Staudinger and Axel Wandtke

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Murmel Murmel | The Guardian

August 31st 2015

boisterous comic elan (★★★★)

Read the full review (The Guardian)

Review by: 

Lyn Gardner
Theatre Critic
The Guardian

Murmel Murmel | The Scotsman

August 31st 2015

dazzling (★★★★)

Read the full review (The Scotsman)

Review by: 

Joyce MacMillan
Theatre Critic
The Scotsman

Photo: Thomas Aurin

This event was part of a previous International Festival and is therefore unavailable to book.

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Dress circle: £32 £25 £12 (RV)
Stalls: £32 £25 £17 £12
Upper circle: £20 £12

Current discounts

Under 18s: 50% off
Students: 50% off
Young Scot card holders: 50% off
Senior citizens: 50% off
Unemployed: 50% off
Equity card holders: 50% off
MU card holders: 50% off