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King Size

14–18 April 2015
Linbury Studio Theatre

A somnolent couple in a huge hotel bedroom sing songs by Robert Schumann, The Kinks and Jackson 5 in Christoph Marthaler's acclaimed reimagining of the Liederabend (‘evening of song’).

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A couple are trying to sleep in an unfamiliar room, but they feel lost in the huge bed. As their dreams take over they console themselves through songs from Purcell to The Jackson 5 via Schumann and Michel Polnareff.


Swiss director and composer Christoph Marthaler has long been at the forefront of European theatre. In King Size, first performed in Basel in 2013, he presents a hugely original take on the Liederabend. In Mathaler's hands this traditional 'evening of song' becomes a witty, charming and profound meditation on love and the seduction of dreams.

At the heart of Marthaler's vision is the musical phenomenon of enharmonics – two notes that have different names but sound the same. Mathaler uses this idea not only to unite songs from across lyrical history but to explore self and other, dream and reality. Bendix Dethleffsen creates the score.

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