William Shakespeare

A Midsummer Night’s Dream



Duration: 2 hours 15 minutes (intermission after the third act)
Play in five acts
Translation from English: Hinrich Horstkotte
Music: Felix Mendelssohn-Bartholdy
Musical arrangement and composition: Franz-Josef Grümmer
First performance: London, ca. 1598
In German with explanations in English, French, Spanish

The scene is an enchanted forest near ancient Athens, ruled by the fairy king Oberon and his queen Titania, and teeming with elves and sprites. The mischievous sprite Puck causes considerable confusion amongst the human beings in the forest …


Production and set design: Hinrich Horstkotte
Choreography: Peter Breuer
Sculptor: Pierre Monnerat
Technics: Alexander Proschek

Puppeteers: Philippe Brunner, Pierre Droin, Vladimir Fediakov, Edouard Funck, Heide Hölzl, Maximilian Kiener, Michaela Obermayr, Emanuel Paulus, Eva Wiener, Ursula Winzer

Speakers: Prodromos Antoniades, Monika Bujinski, Annette Dasch, Horst Eierharfe, Hinrich Horstkotte, Irmtraud Horstkotte, Julia Jentsch, Michael Kamp, Muriel König, Christoph Kottenkamp, Manuel Kressin, Markus Meyer, Ulrich Naudé, Max von Pufendorf, Nerupama Rathore, Max Ruhbaum, Michael Schrodt


Inboccallupo-orchestra Berlin
Andreas Schüller

Scholarship holders of the Orchesterakademie der Berliner Philharmoniker
Franz-Josef Grümmer

Recording for the Salzburg Marionette Theatre

Premiere: Salzburg, June 2, 2001

The puppets and the equipment were made in the workshops of the Salzburg Marionette Theatre.