“Ad usum Germanorum”. Le regie shakespeariane di George Tabori e il teatro di lingua tedesca (1978-1990) – Marco Castellari – Stratagemmi 24/25
The present contribution outlines George Tabori’s Shakespeare productions, beginning in the United States (The Merchant of Venice As Performed in Theresienstadt, 1963-66), going through his off theater labs in Bremen (Theaterlabor; Hamlet 1978) and Vienna (Der Kreis; a ShakespeareCollage and three King Lear productions in the late 1980es, Hamlet 1990) and culminating in the Vienna Othello with Gert Voss (Burgtheater 1990). Furthermore the paper examines Tabori’s intense work on the “Hamletism of Germans and Germanism of Hamlet”, both in its explicit discussion in the seminal essay Hamlet in Blue (1976) and in its theatrical pendant, the Munich production Improvisations on Shylock (1978). In this second Taborian Merchant, a typical example of his “theatre of embarrassment”, the German audience is directly confronted with present and past antisemitism, since, in Tabori’s words, “it is impossible to come to terms with the past without experiencing it with skin, nose, tongue, bottom, feet and belly”.