Some stages often remain empty during Corona period. Streaming or in front of a small audience – a lot has been convincing despite all the adversities, including Benjamin Lillie.

Berlin (dpa) – In a year that has also been extremely difficult for the theatrical scene due to the pandemic, the Schauspielhaus Zürich has proven itself particularly well from a critics’ point of view.

There, the play “Juste la fin du monde” by French playwright Jean-Luc Lagarce, who died in 1965, was the staging of the year. Director Christopher Rüping has turned it into a play about identity conflicts, he said Thursday in the assessment published by the Berlin specialist magazine “Theater heute”. The play was also broadcast live from the Schauspielhaus in Zurich at the Berlin Theatertreffen 2021.

There are even more reasons to be happy in Zurich. There, Maja Beckmann, known among others from the series “Stromberg”, plays the actress of the year. Critically, she proved convincing as a sister-in-law in “Simply the End of the World”. Beside her, Benjamin played Lillie as Louis in the play, which earned him the Actor of the Year award.

In view of the Corona period, the editorial team did not include the Theater of the Year category in the annual survey. Instead, they asked about the Survivor of the Year. The most frequent response of the 38 respondents was: “All”.

The play of the year comes from the German-Swiss author Sibylle Berg. “And surely the world is gone with me” had an acclaimed premiere at the Gorky Theater in Berlin in October. The material on the record of a generation in neoliberalism formed the conclusion of a series of four-part plays that Berg wrote for the theater.

Deutsches Theater Berlin can expect two awards for its production of Schiller’s “Maria Stuart”. Judith Oswald’s set design was just as convincing as Sibylle Wallum’s costumes.

As the youngest writer of the year, “Theater heute” records Ewe Benbenek, who also received the Mülheim Dramatic Prize this year. As Young Director of the Year, Cosmea Spelleken was convincing, with her collective Punktlive turning Goethe’s “Sorrows of Young Werther” into a social media drama “” that could only be visited digitally. .