Shortly after the stage director Oskar Walleck was named General Director of the Bavarian State Theatre by the «Reich’s Minister of Public Enlightenment and Propaganda» Joseph Goebbels in 1934, he presented his cultural and political vision to the people of Munich: «we will work to create a theatre of the Third Reich with the aim of achieving the National Socialist cultural will». Once the Nazi dictatorship was over, Walleck the former SS man with the rank of «Standartenführer» promptly claimed in his court hearing that as Artistic Director he had conducted «active resistance against the violent rule of the National Socialists».


«Mitläufer» (Fellow Travellers) is a historical exploration of the contradictory biographies of those whose close contacts with the Nazi party helped them to reach the top echelons of the theatre. In this research project, the Residenztheater, one of the oldest German theatres, examines a dark chapter in its own history.



Direction by Noam Brusilovsky

Residenztheater München / Marstall

11.09.2023 Premiere

Research and Co-Author: Lotta Beckers
Stage Design und Costume Design: Magdalena Emmerig
Lights: Barbara Westernach
Video: Tin Wilke
Dramaturgy und Research: Carolina Heberling
Dramaturgy: Ewald Palmetshofer
Cast: Michael Goldberg, Claudia Golling, Steffen Höld, Max Mayer