The Caucasian Chalk Circle

The Caucasian C
halk Circle

The Caucasian Chalk Circle / Der Kaukasische Kreidekreis / by Bertolt Brecht / Directed by Michael Thalheimer

Michael Thalheimer 


Light Design
Ulrich Eh


Costume Design
Nehle Balkhausen


Bert Wrede


Kalle Kalima


Bernd Stegemann


Stefanie Reinsperger (Grusche Vachnadze)
Ingo Hülsmann (Singer)
Tilo Nest (Azdak, Monk)
Nico Holonics (Simon Chachawa)
Sina Martens (Natella Abaschwili, Farmer's wife)
C. P. Zichner (Maro, Ironshirt)
Veit Schubert (Grand Duke, Farmer, Ironshirt, Dying Man)
Sascha Nathan (Adjuntant, Farmer's wife, Lavrenti Vachnadze)
Peter Luppa (Georgie Abaschwili, Dairy Farmer, Mother-in-Law)

“Stunning, the most decluttered Brecht you could wish for.” wrote the Süddeutsche Zeitung enthusiastically about Michael Thalheimer's inaugural production for Oliver Reese's directorship of Berliner Ensemble. The famous parable about justice and corruption, with which Brecht himself opened his Theater am Schiffbauerdamm in 1954, impresses above all with the leading actress Stefanie Reinsperger, who was hailed for her portrayal of Grusche as an "acting force of nature" (Der Tagesspiegel).


The Chalk Circle’s plot is of exemplary clarity and dialectic beauty: During a revolution, a baby is passed from one mother to another. Over the course of her flight, the new mother gets into ever deeper trouble and ultimately finds herself on trial at a court of law. Times have changed once more and the child is now heir to a great fortune. But Judge Azdak is still in power: His rulings are feared by the rich and a blessing for the poor. And when the biological mother ruthlessly demands the return of her child, he re-invents Solomon’s chalk circle.

When Bertolt Brecht and his Berliner Ensemble took over the Theater am Schiffsbauerdamm in 1954, his first production there was The Caucasian Chalk Circle. Michael Thalheimer is in-house director at Berliner Ensemble.



Berliner Ensemble, Berlin, Germany, Premiere 2017

in German with English and Spanish subtitles


duration 1:45h


January 24th, 2021, 7pm (available until midnight) on


LT2021 Der kaukasische Kreidekreis - Berliner Ensemble - Bonusmaterial
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