Most recent performance
There are currently no scheduled performances of King Size. It was last on stage 14–18 April 2015 as part of the Spring 2014/15 season.
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 Schumann to The Jackson 5 via The Kinks 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.
News and features
17 April 2015
What did you think of Christoph Marthaler's witty evening of song, featuring tunes by artists as diverse as Robert Schumann and The Kinks?
17 April 2015
Our quick guide to Christoph Marthaler's inspired reimagining of the Liederabend.
13 April 2015
The radical Swiss director is little known in the UK, but in mainland Europe he's recognized as one of the most distinctive and influential artists in his field.
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The concept album has been around longer than you might think.
30 March 2015
Music from Purcell, The Kinks and The Jackson 5 in a witty exploration of hopes and dreams.
24 March 2015
Inspired by boundary-blurring works Rise and Fall of the City of Mahagonny and King Size, we're after your recommendations.