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Beware of Pity Live Stream

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Presented by Complicite and Schaubühne Berlin



Last year we worked with Complicite to live stream a performance of The Encounter after it's sell-out run at Bristol Old Vic in 2015. We're delighted to collaborate with them once again to present a live stream of their latest production Beware of Pity live from the Barbican.

Ungeduld des Herzens / Beware of Pity published in 1939, is a tense and claustrophobic account of a young man's slide into a terrible situation, and his inability to extricate himself from it. It's a devastating depiction of honour, love and betrayal, realised against the background of the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire, and the rise of anti-Semitism.

The live stream will begin at 3pm GMT on Sunday 12 February. It is free to watch and will be available to watch on demand until 11.59pm GMT on Sunday 26 February.

All you need to do to live stream Complicite's Beware of Pity is visit this page and play the film below, which you can enlarge in your screen or watch through YouTube by using the usual controls below.

Please note that the show is performed in German and will have English subtitles.


About the show

Simon McBurney directs the outstanding Schaubühne ensemble in a vivid account of a young man's slide into a terrible situation, his struggle to extricate himself from it raising questions of consciousness and compassion.

Young officer Hofmiller commits a faux pas at a soirée held by a Baron, unwittingly asking his paralysed daughter to dance. The mistake pulls him into a relentless train of events in this devastating depiction of honour, love and betrayal, realised against the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire - a catalyst for the outbreak of the First World War.

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 follows the five-star triumphs of The Encounter and The Forbidden Zone, the last shows presented at the Barbican by Complicite and the Schaubühne respectively.


Book Stefan Zweig
Adaptors Simon McBurney, James Yeatman, Maja Zade and the Ensemble
Set designer Anna Fleischle
Costume designer Holly Waddington
Lighting designer Paul Anderson
Sound designer Pete Malkin
Sound Associate Benjamin Grant
Video Will Duke

Running time 2hrs (no interval)
Ages 12+

Performed in German with English subtitles

The live stream is co-produced by Complicite and the Schaubühne and presented in partnership with Goethe-Institut London.


About Complicite

Founded in 1983, Complicite is an international theatre company based in London led by Artistic Director Simon McBurney (OBE) and Producer Judith Dimant (MBE). The company has won over fifty major theatre awards worldwide. Complicite's recent work includes The EncounterLionboyThe Master and MargaritaShun-kin and A Disappearing Number. Alongside its productions, Complicite runs an extensive Creative Learning programme with recent projects including Like Mother, Like Daughter and TeaThe Encounter was live streamed in March 2016 and seen by 67,500 people online.

You can find out more about Complicite through the following channels:
Website www.complicite.org
Twitter @Complicite | #BewareofPity
Facebook TheatredeComplicite
Instagram CompliciteTheatre
YouTube Complicite Company

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