VOLKSBÜHNE
Berlin

Walter Asmus

The director Walter Asmus, born in Lübeck in 1941, met Samuel Beckett for the first time at the Schiller Theater in West Berlin in 1974, where he assisted the author and director with his famous production of Waiting for Godot.

This meeting marked the beginning of a formative philosophical and formal working relationship and friendship that lasted until Beckett’s death in 1989. Since the end of the ’70s, Walter Asmus has been responsible for productions of Beckett’s plays all over the world. With his focus on the processes of perception established by the author, in terms of composition and concept, as well starkly economic imagery and language direction, Asmus has developed a dramaturgical style that vividly manifests Samuel Beckett’s own intimate relationship with art, film and music.

From 1976 Asmus works at the Schiller Theater, Staatstheater Darmstadt, Staatstheater Kassel, Thalia Theater Hamburg and at numerous theatres worldwide. From 1986 he was professor of music, theatre and media at Leibnitz Universität Hannover. After his first Beckett production, Happy Days (Copenhagen 1977), he staged Beckett’s plays on many international stages, including in New York, Kraków, London, Dublin, Paris, Atlanta, Ventura (California) Copenhagen and Shanghai. In 1988 Walter Asmus adapted a staging of Krapp’s Last Tape and Waiting for Godot, in productions of the San Quentin Drama Workshop, for the French channel La Sept and France3, as well as for the US broadcaster PBS – and a French version with Roman Polanski in the role of Lucky. In the same year, he recorded Rockaby, Footfalls and Eh Joe for the Süddeutsche Rundfunk Stuttgart with Billie Whitelaw.

His production of Waiting for Godot at the Gate Theatre, Dublin (1991) subsequently toured Chicago, Toronto, Melbourne, London, New York, Beijing and Shanghai, concluding after 17 years in 2008 with an Ireland tour.

The American production of Waiting for Godot (Ventura 2004) is nominated for the Los Angeles Stage Alliance Ovation Award.

At the Royal Court Theatre, London, Walter Asmus staged the three Beckett plays Not I, Footfalls and Rockaby with Lisa Dwan in 2014. Due to its great success, the production returned to the West End, and later to the Southbank Centre and the Barbican Centre in London. The play was also staged at Galway Arts Festival, as well as in Belfast, Birmingham, Perth, Hong Kong, Paris, Toronto and New York. In 2017, Asmus is developing a theatrical version of Beckett’s first TV work Eh Joe in Copenhagen, together with the Danish actor Morten Grunwald.

Past productions

18.09
19.09
20.09
21.09
22.09
23.09
24.09
25.09
26.09
27.09
28.09
29.09
30.09
01.10
02.10
03.10
04.10
05.10
06.10
07.10
08.10
09.10
10.10
11.10
12.10
13.10
14.10
15.10
16.10
17.10
18.10
19.10
20.10
21.10
22.10
23.10
24.10
25.10
26.10
27.10
28.10
29.10
30.10
31.10
01.11
02.11
03.11
04.11
05.11
06.11
07.11
ʌ
v
This website uses cookies. You can read more about cookies in our disclaimer. > Morex