Theatron Synergies: Linus Tunström’s Faust Shortlisted for German Production of the Year

A collaboration born out of the Theatron Network: inviting a Swedish director to Germany resulted in a nomination for the prestigious “Inszenierungen des Jahres” (production of the year) by the German cultural magazine ‘Nachtkritik‘. 

In 2014, the ‘Dresdner Staatsschauspiel’ invited Linus Tunström – the director of ‘Uppsala Stadsteater’ – to direct ‘Faust I‘ by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe. Both houses are Theatron members and have gotten to know each other through Theatron events and exchanges.  A risky move, considering that Linus Tunström is still relatively unknown in Germany – and that Goethe’s Faust is – the ‘most German of all drama’s’ – one of the best-known and most-produced plays in German-speaking theatre.

Faust Dresden

Jan Maak (Mephisto), Max Rothbart (Patient), Hannelore Koch (Faust); Photo: Matthias Horn

However, the risk was more than rewarded: the production has been much-praised for its fresh and unconventional approach – while remaining remarkably faithful to the original text. Linus Tunström moved the setting into a hospital:  A doctor enters resigned from the operating theatre: “Habe nun, ach…!” (have I now, alas) – the game unfolds. All in all four actors are sharing the famous words of the play’s main character – delivering the two hours of Faust as a collective.
(See full review in German on

Now Linus Tunström’s Faust is one of fourty-five German productions nominated for the prestigious “Inszenierungen des Jahres” (production of the year) 2014 by the German cultural magazine ‘Nachtkritik’. What better example could there be how Theatron can spark new, daring and successful collaborations accross national borders?


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