Sebastian Hoppe

Production at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden

A man on the home stretch to autocracy: on the battlefield Macbeth has eliminated the traitorous Thane of Cawdor and the Norwegians. When three witches meet him and prophesy that he will soon be number one in the state and the appointment as king promptly comes, he follows a murderous plan to accelerate his career. Where he shows scruples, his power-hungry wife Lady Macbeth gets him back on track by pulling out all the stops of gender manipulation strategies.

It's all about maintaining power at any price. Murder follows murder. Until the trail of blood leads to Macbeth's own death and "European nihilism experiences its hour of birth," as the Swiss Germanist Peter von Matt writes. With Lady and Sir Macbeth, Shakespeare invented the most gruesome pair of killer lovers in literary history. The murder, however, does not go unpunished: reeling between blood and insomnia, Macbeth suffers from feelings of guilt. And true to the prophecies of the Sisters of Mischief, the Forest of Birnam moves menacingly toward Macbeth at the end, heralding his death.

Christian Friedel is this Macbeth and this time on a triple mission: he directs, plays the title role and composes the music together with his band Woods of Birnam.



Director - Christian Friedel

Stage - Alexander Wolf

Costumes - Ellen Hofmann

Music - Woods of Birnam

Choreography - Valentí Rocamora i Torà

Lighting design - Johannes Zink

Video design - Clemens Walter, Jonas Dahl

Musical rehearsal - Thomas Mahn

Dramaturgy - Julia Weinreich



2022/2023 season

Schauspielhaus Dresden

Premiere: September 10, 2022 | 7:30 p.m.


Sebastian Hoppe
Sebastian Hoppe
Sebastian Hoppe
Sebastian Hoppe


Xves Borgwardt
The actor, musician and director studied at the Otto Falckenberg School in Munich and was subsequently engaged at the Bavarian State Theater, in addition to which he made guest appearances at the Munich Kammerspiele. From 2006 to 2009 he was engaged at Schauspiel Hannover, and from 2009 to 2016 Christian Friedel was an ensemble member at the Staatsschauspiel Dresden. Since 2016, he has continued to be associated with the Staatsschauspiel Dresden as a guest, as well as the Düsseldorf Schauspielhaus.

In addition to acting, Christian Friedel is also active as a musician with his band Woods of Birnam and as a director. In addition, Christian Friedel is regularly in front of the camera.

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