A co-production by Schaubühne Berlin and Complicité (UK) director Simon McBurney, this bold, technically adventurous and sexually charged staging of Austrian Stefan Zweig’s 1939 novel is a masterful and newly prescient portrait of a Europe stumbling toward chaos.
Written over a period of years and completed when Zweig was exiled in London, Beware of Pity follows the misadventures of Anton Hofmiller, a young cavalry officer who falls in love with Edith, the partially paralysed daughter of a local landowner, then breaks her heart.
Overwhelmed by guilt when the girl takes her own life, Anton enacts a well-meaning but tragically wrongheaded plot to put things right.
Schaubühne Berlin premiered Beware of Pity in 2015, before playing a critically acclaimed 2017 season at the Barbican in London.
Adapted and directed by Complicité co-founder Simon McBurney, Beware of Pity arrives as old certainties and diplomatic niceties are being swept away; when international relations have become a compulsive soap opera.
This recording was made during the show’s Barbican season. You can stream it here for a limited time from 2.30am AEST April 14.
Read Audrey Journal’s review of its Sydney opening night here.