The Castle

The Ca
stle

by Franz Kafka / directed by Antú Romero Nunes

K. arrives in a strange village one evening with nothing to his name, and the next morning, as he seeks entry into Count Westwest’s castle, he is attacked by the incubus of an astonishingly nailed up world: Neither his profession nor his bourgeois status, neither education nor experience, or even his own sense of reason, can help him to find a connection to the things and the people in the castle. With opaque hierarchies, delivered and despatched by clerks and bound officials, all of whom seem to be subject to a foreign will, it is revealed that the castle is ruled by extremely complex, closed and impenetrable authorities, who refuse K. any clear information regarding his status, right up until the very end. And behind all of the terrified pretexts you soon suspect a presumed logic, which above all pursues one objective: to maintain the facade of this confusing and arbitrary system. Until eventually the system doesn’t even understand itself anymore, so it seems...


In his second production of this season, Antú Romero Nunes stages K’s tireless search for a means to legitimise his own existence as a sinister, cold, skewed and chortling event. He retells Kafka’s unfinished novel ‘Das Schloss’ as a faltering world, which has long since lost its inner necessity.

Premiere 4th june 2016, Thalia Theater

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