Gertrud by Hjalmar Söderberg Directed by Eirik Stubø
Trailer Gertrud
Demi Moore and Madonna did it, UK singer Leona Lewis and US performer Robin Wright aka Mrs Underwood from the TV series ‘House of Cards’ are doing it, punk icon and fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has been doing it for ages – they have all been linked to, or married to, much younger men. In an age that wants to be seen as hyper-modern, open-minded and free of taboos, it always causes a stir when an older woman and a younger man fall in love. It’s astonishing – nothing has changed about this taboo in over 100 years. On the contrary. In 1906 Swedish writer Hjalmar Söderberg broke two taboos simultaneously with his play ‘Gertrud’: A former singer, trapped in a boring marriage with an ambitious politician, not only embarks on a love affair with a young artist, but also finally comes to the decision to leave the three men that determine her life: She leaves behind her boring husband, the young lover whom she feels betrayed by and her ex-lover, in order to lead a self-determined life.
Söderberg’s emancipation drama, written in the tradition of Ibsen’s ‘Nora’ and  Strindberg’s ‘Fräulein Julie’ and even going one step further, has been re-discovered for Thalia Theater by Norwegian director Eirik Stubø. Peter Palitzsch successfully staged the first German production of the popular Scandinavian poet’s drama in Hamburg in1980. Since then the play, which was way ahead of its time, has rarely been performed. By following her feelings, Gertrud breaks the rules of the man’s world, but her revolt does not end in a heroic act of self-destruction, as with Ibsen’s ‘Hedda Gabler’, rather in a departure and a new beginning.

Premiere on 6th December at Thalia in Gaußstraße
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