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By David Barnett

The Berliner Ensemble was once based through Bertolt Brecht and his spouse Helene Weigel in 1949. the corporate quickly received foreign prominence, and its productions and philosophy inspired the paintings of theatre-makers worldwide. David Barnett's e-book is the 1st learn of the corporate in any language. in line with broad archival study, it uncovers Brecht's operating equipment and people of the company's most crucial administrators after his loss of life. The e-book considers the boon and burden of Brecht's legacy and gives new insights into battles waged behind the curtain for the protection of the Brechtian culture. The Berliner Ensemble used to be additionally the German Democratic Republic's so much prestigious cultural export, attracting consciousness from the top circles of presidency, and from the Stasi, prior to it privatised itself after German reunification in 1990. Barnett items jointly a posh historical past that sheds mild on either the company's groundbreaking productions and their turbulent times.

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