Lara Foot and Handspring Puppet Company

Life & Times of Michael K

after the novel of the same name by J. M. Coetzee

South Africa, Germany / Theatre

World premiere
In English, Afrikaans and Xhosa with German surtitles
Theater der Welt has worked for two years to present the joint world premiere of South African director Lara Foot’s production of Life and Times of Michael K by the Nobel Prize-winning author J. M. Coetzee – in collaboration with the award winning South African puppeteers of the Handspring Puppet Company and, originally, with an ensemble of actors from Düsseldorf and Cape Town. The worldwide pandemic has made it impossible to rehearse together in South Africa as planned. Nevertheless we continue to work to be able to present the world premiere production. »In a violent world, Michael K is a simple prophet who seeks strength in his humanity and his deep connection to the earth«, says Lara Foot. »It’s a frighteningly beautiful story.«

Lara Foot and Handspring Puppet Company:
Life & Times of Michael K
17.06.21, 18:00 - 21:15
Schauspielhaus, Große Bühne
First release , Live broadcast from Cape Town

Festival opening: Live broadcast from Cape Town.

17.06.21, 19:00 - 21:15
First release , Livestream , Live broadcast from Cape Town
18.06.21, 16:00 - 23:59
Video on demand
18.06.21, 19:00 - 20:45
Schauspielhaus, Große Bühne
J.M. Coetzee
Written and directed by:
Lara Foot
Puppetry Direction:
Adrian Kohler, Basil J.R. Jones
Puppetry Direction, Design and Creation:
Adrian Kohler, Handspring Puppet Company
Kyle Shepherd
Stage Design:
Patrick Curtis
Phyllis Midlane
Light Design:
Joshua Cutts
Simon Kohler
Sound System Designer:
David Claassen
Kirsti Cummings
Felicitas Zürcher (Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus)
Projection Designer and Editor:
Yoav Dagan
Director of Photography (film), photographer:
Fiona McPherson
Director of Photography:
Barrett De Kock
Production Manager:
Marisa Steenkamp
Stage Manager:
Puleng Mabuya
Administrative Producer (Baxter):
Libie Nel
Assistant Stage Managers:
Kenan Fortuin, Nosibusiso (Queen) Jacob
Sound Equipment:
Eastern Acoustics
Scenic Painting:
Yolandi van Jaarsveldt
Camera Assistant:
Rebecca Newton
Set Builders:
Christopher Spogter, Wayne Jacobs
Followspot Operators:
Xola Mntanywa, Shimaya Mgodleni
Sandra Prinsloo, Andrew Buckland, Faniswa Yisa, Carlo Daniels, Billy Langa, Nolufefe Ntshuntshe
Puppet Master: Craig Leo

Puppeteers: Roshina Ratnam, Marty Kintu, Markus Schabbing

Coproduktion: Theater der Welt Düsseldorf 2021, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Baxter Theatre Centre, Kapstadt, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg

With special support from Gabriele and Jürgen Kluge

Copyright © J. M. Coetzee, 1983. All rights reserved. Arranged by Peter Lampack Agency, Inc.

Special thanks to Stefan Schmidtke, Wilfried Schulz, Theater Der Welt, Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, Theater der Welt Düsseldorf 2021, Les Théâtres de la Ville de Luxembourg.