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Beware of Pity

Sydney Festival: Schaubühne Berlin and Complicite's Simon McBurney present a newly prescient portrait of a Europe stumbling toward chaos. 

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Beware of Pity

Date: 20 Dec 2018

A co-production by Schaubühne Berlin (Hamlet, Sydney Festival 2010) and Complicité (UK) director Simon McBurney (The Encounter, Sydney Festival 2017), 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.

Read Audrey Journal’s review of its Sydney opening night here.

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