The Physicists

Friedrich Dürrenmatt's world famous play,

presented in English language

(translation by James Kirkup).

HoffART-Theater Darmstadt,

19, 20, 21, 26, 27 & 28 May 2011 at 19:30

& matinee Sunday 22 May 2011 at 14:00

In view of recent events we have

decided to make a donation of 10%

of ticket income from The Physicists

to ESA's Humanitarian Relief Fund

for Japan.


The Physicists (Die Physiker) is a satirical drama, often recognized as the most impressive work of the Swiss writer Friedrich Dürrenmatt.

Set against the background of the Cold War and the many advances in science and nuclear technology, the play deals with questions of scientific ethics and mankind's ability to handle its intellectual responsibilities. Though set in the 1960s, the themes of the play are - unfortunately - timeless. The play was first performed in Zürich 1962 and has remained popular ever since.

Newton, Einstein, Möbius and their Alienist

A foreword by Professor Walter Flury


  • Inspector Voss - David Andrews

  • Matron Boll - Moira Grundy

  • Police Doctor - Deena Batten

  • Police Photographer - Tim Colpman

  • Police Stenographer - Christoph Weinandt

  • Nurse Irene - Linda Morrey / Myriam Pecchioli

  • Patient "Newton" - Mark Grundy

  • Fräulein Dr. von Zahnd - Ruth Armstrong

  • Patient "Einstein" - Eric Beveridge

  • Frau Lina Rose - Emma Wright

  • Oskar Rose - Donald Phillips

  • Adolf-Friedrich - Lucy Beaven

  • Wilfried-Kaspar - Myriam Pecchioli

  • Jörg-Lukas - Hannah Beaven

  • Patient Möbius - Alastair McDonald

  • Nurse Monika - Lea Ostmann

  • Chief attendant Sievers - Andreas Schepers

  • Attendant McArthur - Dick Waite

  • Attendant Murillo - Ioannis Dimakakos

Directed by Melanie Zander

  • Stage Management Team: Simon Allan, Henry Walls, Adam Miller

  • Stage Design: Nigel Link

  • Stage Building: Nigel Link, Dick Waite, Adam Miller, Simon Allan, Henry Walls, Eric Beverdige, Moira Grundy, Mark Grundy, Melanie Zander

  • Lights & Sound: Frank Albrecht, Stefano de Padova

  • Music: Kreutzer Sonata played by Natalia Lynch (violin) and Birgit Abt (piano), violin solos played by Georg Bednarek

  • Props: Sara Gonzales, Moira Grundy

  • Costumes: Moira Grundy

  • Poster & Programme: Bruno Sousa, Melanie Zander

  • Production: Melanie Zander, Mark Grundy