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Theatre "The Count of Monte Cristo

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"You are the breath, the water, the fire and the earth... Edmond!"

What a title! More is hardly possible in world literature. Alexandre Dumas's story of the seafarer Edmond Dantès, who later becomes an avenging angel in his own right as the Count of Monte Cristo, published between 1844 and 1846 as a serial novel for the magazine "Le Journal des débats", still achieves unimagined worldwide success today.


"You are the breath, the water, the fire and the earth... Edmond!"

What a title! More is hardly possible in world literature. Alexandre Dumas' story of the seafarer Edmond Dantès, who later becomes an avenging angel in his own right as the Count of Monte Christo, published between 1844 and 1846 as a serial novel for the magazine "Le Journal des débats", still achieves unimagined success worldwide today. Even the name of one of the most famous Cuban cigar brands can be traced back to Dumas' literary feat: the workers rolling tobacco leaves were read to while they worked and "The Count of Monte Christo" was one of the most popular stories. It probably also had something to do with the fact that an individual in post-Napoleonic France in the 1830s freed himself from his personal hell and took up arms against the sky-scraping injustice done to him. Edmond, who returns to France as a mysterious, sophisticated Count of Monte Cristo endowed with seemingly infinite wealth, encounters a bigot-libidinous, self-enriching upper class, whom he seduces, fools and ultimately plunges into their abyss with brilliantly vicious intelligence.
Filmed many times and already realised as a great musical, this story has hardly ever been seen as a play on the theatre stage. Especially not as a guest performance on a theatre tour. So it's high time! Especially when you have an author like Susanne Felicitas Wolf at your side. She is the specialist for dramatisations of the "thick tomes", she always seeks and finds the connection to our time. In the case of Dumas' novel, these are religious fanaticism, intrigues and conspiracies, criticism of an affluent society and its handling of resources, spiritual questions, traumas and the mechanisms of collective repression.
Her "Pope Joan", based on the bestseller by Donna W. Cross, brought our theatrelust great success in 2014 and the Inthega prize "Die Neuberin" for the best touring theatre production in the 2013/14 season. And right now, in times of pandemic and crisis, we want to dare great things again and bring a story to the stage that tells of absolute determination, willpower, dangerous adventures, loneliness, ethos and great love. And those who know our theatre work know that this will be done with imagination and the diverse, associative means of theatre. A great challenge that we take on with the greatest possible theatrical enthusiasm.
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When:

Friday 11.11.22 19:00

Where:

Venue:

Culture house Weißenfels

Merseburger Street 14
06667 Weissenfels
Phone: +49 3443 / 370339
E-mail: veranstaltungsmanagement@weissenfels.de

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