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The Love of the Nightingale

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First Premiered

17 to 25 October 2014, Brückenpfeiler, Monbijoubrücke, Bern


Timberlake Wertenbaker’s The Love of the Nightingale

A play about passion, desire, vengeance, and the power of words.

Based on Ovid’s Metamorphoses, The Love of the Nightingale relates the ancient story of Philomele and Procne, two Athenian Princesses. Married off to the Thracian king Tereus, Procne longs for her sister’s company and sends her husband to Athens to fetch her. On the journey back to Thrace, Tereus falls in love with the passionate young woman and, thus, the tragedy takes its course.

Directed by
Eva Grädel and Marcel Röthlisberger

kathrin probst
Kathrin Probst – Procne, Athenian Princess
tessa zuckweiler
Tessa Zuckweiler – Philomele, an Athenian Princess
Thomas Luethi
Thomas Lüthi – Tereus, Thracian king
fabian claus
Fabian Claus – King Pandion, Procne’s and Philomele’s father, Male Chorus, Third soldier
xenia netos
Xenia Netos – Queen, Procne’s and Philomele’s mother, Itys, Tereus’ and Procne’s son
matt mueller
Matthias Müller – Second Soldier, Captain on Tereus’ ship
alexandra de peyer
Alexandra de Peyer – Niobe, servant to Philomele, Aphrodite in Hyppolitus play
kati ebner
Kati Ebner – Echo, female Chorus, Phaedra in Hyppolitus play
evelyne feller
Evelyne Feller – Iris, female Chorus, Nurse in Hyppolitus play
ava slappnig
Ava Slappnig – Hero, female Chorus, Servant
eva witschi
Eva Witschi – June, female Chorus
beatrix castellote
Beatrix Castellote – Helen, female Chrous, Female Chorus in Hyppolitus play
simon d hicks
Simon D. Hicks – Male Chorus, Male Chorus in Hyppolitus play
simon thoeni
Simon Thöni – Male Chorus, Theseus in Hyppolitus play
claudio richard
Claudio Richard – Male Chorus, Hyppolitus in Hyppolitus play
martin ritzmann
Martin Ritzmann – First Soldier, Male Chorus

Susi Scheurer, Nicole Risi, Anja Zucker

PR and Photos

Anja Zucker


Susi Scheurer

Fight Choreography

Fabian Toscan


Matthias Müller

Graphic Design

Paolo Riva

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