“Rich food for thought… Infused with anguished passion…
Likely to keep talking in your head the next morning…” —Ben Brantley, The New York Times

A sound studio. An actress records a voiceover for a documentary.  Philospher Didier Eribon, returning to his childhood home, discovers that the left-wing and liberal middle-class have abandoned the working-class, 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).

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2018 Theatertreffen Berlin Festival Official Selection

Run Time: Approx. 2 hours with no intermission performed in English


Reviews: Returning to Reims

Rich food for thought... Infused with anguished passion... A journey that prompts its own, outward-reaching odyssey of self-examination...Mr. Ostermeier … [who seems] not so much to push envelopes as to rip them apart... Likely to keep talking, and talking, in your head the next morning.

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Exhilarating...frightening, enraging, and absolutely necessary... The accelerating pound of Nils Ostendorf's music matched my own pulse as shots of adrenaline coursed through my veins.... [Nina] Hoss's own subtle witchcraft... feels like she is whispering secrets to us that cannot be said aloud in polite society.

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Take[s] powerful, hypnotic hold... A plea for truth and reconciliation... An enthralling, prodigiously smart piece of live performance that’s part theater, part audiobook, part film.... a moody, beautifully shot mini-documentary... The only way through the dark is to face the ghosts, to face each other, and to take the time to listen.

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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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Mesmerising… A searing political treatise…

Stunningly detailed performances...riveting.

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An intelligent piece of theatre...

Learn More: Returning to Reims

Nina Hoss New York Times Interview Returning to Reims

The New York Times feature: A ‘Homeland’ Spy Opens Up Onstage in 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

Word of Mouth


Opening Night | SUN FEB 11

Inside Circle Dinner | TUE FEB 13

Voices On Talkback | THU FEB 15
Following the 8:00 pm performance please join us for talkback with:
Performer Nina Hoss
Christian Martin, Professor of European and Mediterranean Studies, New York University
Édouard Louis, best-selling author of The End of Eddy

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. Generous production support provided by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Federal Republic of Germany, Goethe Institute, and V. Hansmann.


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