Heinar Kipphardt

Heinar Kipphardt (born in 1922 in Heinersdorf, died in 1982) studied Medicine at the University of Bonn. Whilst studying, he was conscripted into military service and sent to the Eastern Front where he deserted shortly before the end of the war. In 1947, he finished his studies and worked as a doctor for two years until he moved to East Berlin in 1949 where he worked as a dramaturge at the Deutsches Theater from 1950 to 1959. He came third in the National GDR Award for the play Shakespeare dringend gesucht. In 1958, he fell out with the cultural politics of the GDR Politbüro and moved to West Germany. Kipphardt had a considerable success with the play In der Sache J. Robert Oppenheimer (1964) (In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer) in both parts of divided Germany. In the following years, he was given numerous awards, among them the Gerhart Hauptmann Award (1964), and the Adolf Grimme Award (1965).

Portrait von Heinar Kipphardt

Plays represented by Rowohlt Theater Verlag

  • Bartleby

  • Bruder Eichmann

    (Brother Eichmann)
    3F / 5M, 4 more actors
    • U: 21.1.1983 Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel/
      Residenztheater, München
      (R: Dieter Giesing)
  • Der Aufstieg des Alois Piontek

    The Rise of Alois Piontek
    2F / 19M, Minimum cast 15
    • U: 12.2.1956 Deutsches Theater Berlin (R: Heinar Kipphardt)
  • Der Hund des Generals

    (The General's Dog)
    • U: 2.4.1962 Münchner Kammerspiele (R: August Everding)
  • Die Nacht, in der der Chef geschlachtet wurde

    (The Night When the Boss Got Butchered)
    2F / 5M
    • U: 13.5.1967 Staatstheater Stuttgart (R: Peter Palitzsch)
  • Die Soldaten

    9F / 14M
    • U: 17.8.1968 Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (R: Jean-Pierre Ponnelle)
  • Die Stühle des Herrn Szmil

    (Mr. Szmil's Chairs)
    6F / 10M
    • U: 29.1.1961 Städtische Bühnen Wuppertal (R: Rudolf Wessely)
  • In der Sache J. Robert Oppenheimer

    (In the Matter of J. Robert Oppenheimer)
    • U: 11.10.1964 Münchner Kammerspiele (R: Paul Verhoeven) / Freie Volksbühne Berlin (R: Erwin Piscator)
  • Joel Brand

    (Joel Brand
    The Story of a Deal)
    2F / 16M
    • U: 5.10.1965 Münchner Kammerspiele (R: August Everding)
  • März, ein Künstlerleben

    (Maerz, an Artist's Life)
    7F / 14M
    • U: 16.10.1980 Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus (R: Roberto Ciulli und Helmut Schäfer)
  • Sedanfeier

    Minimum cast 10
    • U: 2.9.1970 Münchner Kammerspiele (R: Ulrich Heising)
  • Shakespeare dringend gesucht

    (Urgently Seeking Shakespeare)
    3F / 16M
    • U: 28.6.1953 Deutsches Theater Berlin (R: Herwart Grosse)