The Captain of Kopenick:
The Captain of Kopenick plays at National Theatre Olivier
South Bank, London, SE1 9PX
Seating chart & directions
The Captain of Köpenick by Carl Zuckmayer, in a new English version by Ron Hutchinson. Released after fifteen years in prison, trapped in a bureaucratic maze, petty criminal Wilhelm Voigt wanders 1910 Berlin in desperate, hazard-ous pursuit of identity papers. Luck changes when he picks up an abandoned military uniform in a fancy-dress shop and finds the city ready to obey his every command. At the head of six soldiers, he marches to the Mayor's office, cites corruption and confiscates the treasury with ease. But still what he craves is official recognition that he exists.
In Ron Hutchinson’s savagely funny new version of Carl Zuckmayer's The Captain of Köpenick, which was first staged in Germany in 1931, a nation heads blindly towards war as the misfit takes on the state. Antony Sher takes the title role.
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