Woyzeck 2010

“This Icelandic version has overpowering visual and aural bravura, showing how Buchner’s masterpiece can be turned into an assault on contemporary capitalism”
The Guardian

“Thrillingly imaginative theatre”
The Daily Telegraph

“What makes this production special is the visual imagination of its director combined with the composers’ hunting music”
The British Theatre Guide

Vesturport and Reykjavik City Theatre presents a Co-production with the Young Vic and
barbicanbite05 as part of  YOUNG GENIUS. With additional commissioning support from HetMuziektheater, Amsterdam

WOYZECK – DVD recording of the play Directed by Gisli Örn Gardarson

In this Vesturport and Reykjavik City Theatre production of Buchner’s Woyzeck charts the downfall of a young man struggling to make the best from what life has dealt him. A hostage to fortune, class and his sadistic superiors, Woyzeck’s fate is played out in a series of nightmarish encounters. He stumbles through a world of macabre carnival, sexual betrayal and cruel oppression, pursued by the demons of his own paranoid fantasies. Pushed beyond breaking point, Woyzeck’s last love-crazed act destroys the only thing he truly cares for.
Gisli Örn Gardarsson’s adaptation and direction, with original music and lyrics by Nick Cave and Warren Ellis – was a triumph when it opened at the Barbican, London in 2005 and has since been seen in Reykjavik (Iceland), Salamanca (Spain), Aarhus (Denmark), Ludwigshafen (Germany), New York (US), Amsterdam (The Netherlands) and Seoul (S-Korea).

Running time: 80 min
Screen Format: 16/9 Anamorphic PAL
Color Color
Language: English
Subtitles: Icelandic
DVD: Region free

Release:  17th June 2010


Ingvar E. Sigurdsson

Nina Dogg Filippusdottir

Vikingur Kristjansson

Harpa Arnardottir

Drum Major
Bjorn Hlynur Haraldsson

Olafur Egill Egilsson

Arni Petur Gudjonsson

Erlendur Eiriksson

Olafur Darri Olafsson

Swan/Doctor’s assisstant
Johannes Niels Sigurdsson

Haraldur Agustsson
Ivar Orn Arnason
Bjarni Bjarnason
Haraldur Bjorn Halldorsson
Thorsteinn J. Karason
Karl Erlingur Oddason
Hjalti Thor Thorsson
Karl Sigurdsson

Creative team

Directed and adapted by
Gisli Örn Gardarsson

Music and lyrics
Nick Cave
Warren Ellis

Costume design
Filippia I Elisdottir

Stage design
Borkur Jonsson

Lighting design
Larus Bjornsson
Halldor Oskarsson
Kari Gislason

Touring lighting design adaption
Thordur Orri Petursson

Sound designer
Olafur Orn Thoroddsen

Theater producers
Dyri Jonsson
Rakel Gardarsdóttir

Filming supervised by
Arni Filippusson
Bjorn Helgason

Film Editing
Christian Elgaard

Sound recording
Thorbjørn Knudsen
Borkur Hrafn Birgisson

Sound editing
Benzin Music
Borkur Hrafn Birgisson
Dadi Birgisson

Film Production
Dyri Jónsson
Bjorn Helgason