10/19/2017, 20.00 – 22.00


by Milo Rau & Ensemble
directed by: Milo Rau





World Premiere

In 1917 Russia is shaken by the October Revolution. Just a few years later, socialism has been implemented. Lenin, the ringleader of the revolution, is in a dacha near Moscow battling physical and mental decay. His bitter fight against political adversaries, struggle with the reluctant Bolsheviks for a revolutionary intervention, indefatigable work to bring about a new society based on Marxist principles, an assassination attempt by anarchist Fanny Kaplan and several severe strokes have all weakened this brilliant theoretician, revolutionary and charismatic political leader. Surrounded by a depleted inner circle, cut off from the Central Committee, he fights to retain his political influence. His companion Trotsky, cultural politician Lunacharsky and others who visit Lenin’s dacha conjure up recollections of the brief moment in history when everything seemed possible. But Lenin’s failing body and weakened spirit mean the »greatest mind of the 20th century« is on his own. And, scheming to become his successor, his opponent Stalin is already waiting in the wings. In »LENIN« Milo Rau and the Schaubühne Ensemble look via Lenin’s brain to what is arguably the most momentous revolution in the history of humankind: in a society caught between awakening and apathy, revolutionary longing and reactionary opposition – a labyrinth of hope and fear, of political ideals and the collective experience of violence.

>>> Essay about the production in Pearson's Preview: Creative Unrest. Milo Rau’s »LENIN«



Direction: Milo Rau
Set and Costume Design: Anton Lukas, Silvie Naunheim
Video: Kevin Graber
Dramaturgy: Stefan Bläske, Florian Borchmeyer, Nils Haarmann
Research: Gleb J. Albert
Lighting Design: Erich Schneider

Wladimir Iljitsch Uljanow, called Lenin: Ursina Lardi
Nadeschda Konstantinowna Krupskaja: Nina Kunzendorf
Lew Dawidowitsch Bronstein, called Leo Trotzki: Felix Römer
Iossif Wissarionowitsch Dschugaschwili, called Stalin: Damir Avdic
Anatoli Wassiljewitsch Lunatscharski: Ulrich Hoppe
Fjodor Alexandrowitsch Guetier: Kay Bartholomäus Schulze
Pjotr Petrowitsch Pakaln: Lukas Turtur
Lydia Alexandrowna Koschkina: Iris Becher
Sapogow: Konrad Singer
Feiga Shabat: Veronika Bachfischer
Live Camera: Florian Baumgarten, Moritz von Dungern

Duration: ca. 120 minutes

Premiered on 19 October 2017

Tour Dates

Amsterdam (January 2019)

Supported by die Lottostiftung Berlin