Before attending Simon McBurney's upcoming staging of The Rake's Progress by Igor Stravinsky this summer in Aix-en-Provence, watch his new performance, Beware of Pity, a groundbreaking co-production by Complicité and the Schaubühne Berlin streamed live from the Barbican on the website of the Festival d'Aix on 12 February 2017.
Two of Europe’s most boundary-pushing, imaginative theatre companies work together at the Barbican for the first time. Their co-production is based on Stefan Zweig’s 1939 novel, written just before the Second World War but looking back to the verge of the previous disaster.
Reverberating in the past and present, the story is relayed in German by seven actors, swapping narration and dialogue to vocally build the tension of McBurney’s orally rich, visually eloquent production.
Beware of Pity will be streamed live from the Barbican Centre in London on Complicité's youtube channel on Sunday 12 February 2017 at 3pm (GMT) • Performed in German with English surtitles • 2 hours without interval • From 12 years old • the performance video will be available on youtube from 12 to 26 February 2017