1917 – Exhibition of a Revolution



One hundred years ago, the October Revolution rocked Russia. The population had been depleted by the battles and defeats of the First World War, and the February Revolution had ended tsarist rule. In the following phase of the co-sovereignty of the provisional government and the Soviets, fierce battles raged around the reorganisation of state and society. Having returned from his exile in Switzerland, Lenin inspired his party to a further revolution. After the storming of the Winter Palace in October, the Bolsheviks seized power in Petrograd. Civil war broke out just a few weeks later.


Milo Rau’s sweeping drama “1917” takes place between the failed reform attempts of 1917 and the attack on Lenin’s life in August 1918. It depicts a society in a combined state of upheaval and apathy, between a yearning for revolution and reactionary resistance. Comparable with the works of Chekhov or Danton’s Death by Büchner, “1917” gives rise to a tableau of hopes and fears, political ideals and personal vanities. The play draws a portrait of the enigmatic revolutionary year, the pandemonium of what was probably the most consequential revolution in human history.


Premiere on 19 October 2017, Schaubühne Berlin

Direction: Milo Rau

Stage design and Costumes: Anton Lukas, Silvie Naunheim

Video: Kevin Graber

Dramaturgy: Stefan Bläske, Florian Borchmeyer, Nils Haarmann

Historical consulting Gleb. J. Albert

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