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Einfach das Ende der Welt

based on Jean-Luc Lagarce

© Schauspielhaus Zürich

6:00:00 PM
Live stream from Schauspielhaus Zürich
2 h 30 min, one break
In German with English subtitles
German audio description

About This Production

For one weekend, a young man leaves his bohemian life in the big city behind to return to the place of his childhood after twelve years. He will see his family who have become strangers to him – or perhaps they always were. He has something important to tell them, but even before this happens, two fundamentally different ways of life collide with full force. Jean-Luc Lagarce is one of the most often performed dramatists in France and his play “Einfach das Ende der Welt (It’s Only the End of the World)” was made into a film with a star-studded cast. Christopher Rüping (who has been invited to the Theatertreffen for the fourth time) and his ensemble have found a playful, delicate theatrical form that addresses urgent social issues of classism, the divide between urban and rural regions, homophobia and the question of what exactly we owe to our family with quick wit and profound sincerity.

Artistic Team

Christopher Rüping Director
Jonathan Mertz Set design
Lene Schwind Costume design
Matze Pröllochs Music
Frank Bittermann Lighting design
Katinka Deecke Dramaturgy
Malte Ubenauf Dramaturgy


Maja Beckmann, Nils Kahnwald, Ulrike Krumbiegel, Benjamin Lillie, Wiebke Mollenhauer, Matze Pröllochs

Premiere December 3, 2020

Schauspielhaus Zürich

Performing rights are with Felix Bloch Erben GmbH & Co. KG, Berlin. In a version for Schauspielhaus Zürich based on a translation by Uli Menke. With the support of the Society of Friends of the Schauspielhaus.

The live stream is supported by Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council. Pro Helvetia, Swiss Arts Council

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