performance Wilhelm*ina
© Das Letzte Kleinod

Documentary theatre about the exile of Wilhelm II

November 1918, the first World War is coming to an end, Europe is in ruins. Emperor Wilhelm II has lost control of his army and flees by train and waits at a little railway station at the dutch border for the granting of his asylum. The dutch Queen Wilhelmina hesitates to let the german emperor in, who is persecuted for war crimes by the Allies. Finally she gives the "go" signal. An absurd story is about to begin. The unanounced guest will spend more than two decades in dutch exile.

The story of the abdicated emperor is reason for a european, mobile theatre-project that goes on a train journey in Germany and the Netherlands in summer 2018. In and on a train, objects of private property of Wilhelm II will be installed and staged in a documentary theatre performance by actresses and actors from both countries. The mobile performance makes stop at railway stations along the former escape route.

The project WILHELM*INA comes into being in cooperation of the theatre Das Letzte Kleinod (Germany) and the Museum House Doorn (Netherlands) and will be realized by theatre makers and curators from both countries.

© Das Letzte Kleinod

© Lorenzo Marconi


Company: Elli Frank, Gonny Gaakeer, Richard Gonlag, Sandra Macrander, Annika Schima

Script & Direction: Jens-Erwin Siemssen

Production: Juliane Lenssen

Musical direction: Shaul Bustan

Scenery: Elze van den Akker

Costume design: Sophia Lund

Premiere: Frankfurt/Oder • 21th of June 2018 • 8 pm

further performances:
Frankfurt/Oder • 22th until 25th of June • 8 pm
Potsdam • 27th until 30th of June • 6 pm
Celle • 3th/4th of July • 8 pm
Osnabrück • 7th until 9th of July • 8 pm
Bad Bentheim • 12th until 14th of July • 8 pm
Utrecht • 19th until 22th of July • 8 pm
Worpswede • 24th until 26th of July • 8 pm
Geestenseth • 27th until 29th of July • 8 pm