Season 2023/24
Season 2022/23
Schwärmen Directed by: Kirsten Burger
EIN SPORTSTÜCK Directed by: Höhne, Glanz, Kuhlmann, Rieck, Strassenberg, Witt
Billy Backe Directed by: Jorinde Dröse
Anwälte der Natur Directed by: Frank Raddatz
Einer flog über das Kuckucksnest Directed by: Leander Haußmann
Season 2021/22
The Rats (Die Ratten) Directed by: Lilja Rupprecht
Golem Directed by: Jacob Höhne
Mujer Directed by: Sara Lu
Season 2020/21
hoffnung#dasdingmitfedern Directed by: Sandra Rasch
Geh, Fühle! - Tanztheater Directed by: Sandra Rasch/Oana Cirpanu
Der  Drache Directed by: Matthias Mosbach
Season 2019/20
Hi Freaks VI Directed by: div.
Hi Freaks V Directed by: div.
Lulu Directed by: Jacob Höhne
Season 2018/19
Directed by: Sandra Rasch
ghostdance Directed by: Andreas Spechtl & Thomas Köck
Don Juan Directed by: Konrad Wolf
Antigone Directed by: Lilja Rupprecht
Hi Freaks I-IV Directed by: div.
Heroes Directed by: Sara Lu, Rubén Nsue
Rausch Royal Directed by: Jacob Höhne
Noises Off! (Der nackte Wahnsinn) Directed by: Jacob Höhne
Season 2017/18
Dekameron Directed by: Thomas Bo Nilsson, Julian Wolf Eicke
Moby Dick Directed by: Jacob Höhne
Die Frauen vom Meer Directed by: Lilja Rupprecht
Die Nibelungen Directed by: Jonas Sippel
Die Räuber Directed by: Jacob Höhne
Pension Schöller Directed by: Jacob Höhne
Season 2016/17
Schwestern Directed by: Jacob Höhne
König UBU featuring Craque Directed by: Jacob Höhne
DADA Divas Directed by: Gisela Höhne
Der gute Mensch von Downtown Directed by: Gisela Höhne
Philoktet Directed by: Jacob Höhne
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“Fear! – Sorrow! – You know nothing of these!”

They run, creep, groan, and curse. They gnaw, fight, and yearn. Gerhart Hauptmann’s “Rats” live closely packed in a Berlin tenement. They’re not animals, however, but instead people – in every way: There’s Pauline, who is pregnant and would rather throw herself into the river than bring up her child on her own. There’s the former theater manager Hassenreuther, who has set up a costume store in his building’s attic, where he also gives acting lessons. Jette John’s husband, Paul, is working a construction job in Hamburg and is therefore not around. The two lost a child and would like nothing more than to have another baby. That’s why Jette secretly meets with the pregnant Pauline up in the dusty attic and suggests they make the following deal: Pauline will be paid to carry the baby to term and give birth, and Jette will then act is if the baby is hers. Pauline and Jette aren’t the only ones who use the building’s attic as a secret meeting place, however – and Hassenreuther’s daughter, Walburga, therefore suddenly shows up. She’s looking for her lover, Erich, who is studying theology but really only wants one thing in life: to be an actor. In the meantime, Hassenreuther – the acting teacher – has arranged for a rendezvous with a stage diva up in the attic. A certain Bruno can be seen in the semi-darkness of the tenement’s elevator; everyone who meets him for the first time is afraid of him. Finally, there’s the neighbor’s daughter, Selma. Although she herself is not much older than a child, she still tries to take care of everyone and everything in the building.

Die Ratten is Gerhart Hauptmann’ most performed play. The tragicomedy addresses life issues that are still relevant more than one hundred years after the play celebrated its premiere; issues like unwanted pregnancies, the unfulfilled wish for a baby, forbidden love and incredible desire, benevolence and emancipation, parenting – and theater and ways of looking at art, life, and the world.

Die Ratten marks the fourth time that director Lilja Rupprecht and her team have worked with the RambaZamba Ensemble, having previously collaborated with the players on “Antigone,” “The Lady from the Sea,” and “Ode” (at the Deutsches Theater Berlin). Together, Rupprecht and the Ensemble tell the story of Die Ratten as a parable of the best intentions and the worst possible twists. The title may be “Rats,” but it’s most definitely a human story.

With Christian Behrend, Juliana Götze, Hieu Pham, Zora Schemm, Jonas Sippel, Sebastian Urbanski, Nele Winkler, Guido Lambrecht
Directed by Lilja Rupprecht Live music Heiko Fechner, Sophie Milz Stage & costume design Annelies Vanlaere Music Heiko Fechner, Philipp Rohmer Video Moritz Grewenig Dramaturgy Tobias Herzberg Assistant director Vicki Steinmüller Stage & costume assistant Nathalie Volkmann Acting coach Sebastian Rohrbach Production assistant Fuyuko Miwa
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„Auch für diese Arbeit verlässt sich die Regisseurin auf die Spielkunst des Ensembles. Und: auf eine atmosphärische Dichte, die durch die klug reduzierte Bühne einerseits, andererseits durch das Nebeneinander von Tragik und Komik zustande kommt. Etwas, das RambaZamba besonders kann, was die Darsteller:innen besonders können, die sich Hauptmanns Sätze im wahrsten Sinne vornehmen und ihnen nachspüren, sie teilweise wiederholen, wenn sie beim ersten Mal nicht so rauskommen, wie es sich für sie richtig anfühlt. All das gibt der Inszenierung eine eigenwillige, einfühlsame Chuzpe, die diesen Hauptmann zu ihrem Hauptmann macht.“ Stephanie Drees, nachtkritik.de