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St. Ann’s Warehouse presents
the Schaubühne Berlin production of

Based on the memoir by Didier Eribon

Directed by Thomas Ostermeier
Featuring Nina Hoss

FEB 4 – 25, 2018


A sound studio. An actress is recording a voiceover and at the mixing desk, a director is giving her instructions. Above, a film is running. They’re working on the text for Returning to Reims, a documentary adaptation of Didier Eribon’s memoir about his homecoming as a gay man after years of estrangement. Through the text, they confront Eribon’s painful discovery that the traditionally left-wing parties and liberal middle-class, with which he now identifies, are perpetuating marginalization of the working-class to which he once belonged, and workers are running into the arms of the right-wing National Front. How have things come to this? As populism marches around the globe, does political activism still have a role to play? Featuring Homeland’s Nina Hoss in a “magnetic” performance, director Thomas Ostermeier “turns the stage into a source of living debate, … a poignant political drama about change and the left’s disregard of the working class.” (The Guardian). His production provides a key understanding of what’s gripping contemporary society.

Returning to Reims is commissioned by Schaubühne Berlin and Manchester International Festival. Produced by Schaubühne Berlin with Manchester International Festival, HOME Manchester and Théâtre de la Ville Paris.

Run Time: Approx. 2 hours with no intermission

Reviews: Returning to Reims

Nina Hoss is magnetic… Ostermeier extends the boundaries of political theatre by turn[ing] the stage into a source of living debate.

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An understated and remarkable performance… Intelligent and politically pertinent

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Bold, committed and infinitely resonant. Erebon tackles the most pressing issues of our day. Catch it while you can. You won't forget it.

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Learn More: Returning to Reims

Homeland star Nina Hoss prepares for Returning to Reims

The Guardian interview with Nina Hoss

Journey into Le Pen country: Author Didier Eribon talks about rejecting his roots, upsetting his mother and seeing his book become a play


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