The Physicists

Friedrich Dürrenmatt

The Physicists


The new SND building, Drama hall
1. 6. 2019 2. 6. 2019

Three patients meet in a psychiatric clinic run by doctor von Zahnd. Patients suffer from hallucinations. One claims to be Einstein, the other to be Newton. Solomon keeps appearing to the third one. It gradually transpires that it is all a coverup. The patients are secret agents on a mission in the sanatorium. The lauded physicist Möbius has found asylum there. He is author of a fundamental thesis. It turns out that intelligence services as well as the director of the sanatorium are interested in the thesis, as it might facilitate inventions that might destroy the world. The best choice for a scientist to prevent abuse of knowledge is to seek asylum in a psychiatric clinic. Yet is it indeed a safe place when we do not know who is the insane and who is the director?

The Physicists by the Swiss playwright Friedrich Dürrenmatt raise fundamental philosophical issues about the responsibility of élites for the course of history. At the time of crisis, the world turns into a looney asylum and madmen gain power. The production is staged by the major star of Polish theatre, Jan Klata.

Running time: 1 hour 45 minutes, no interval

Production Team

Translated by Eduard V. Tvarožek
Directed by Jan Klata
Set and Costume Designer Justyna Łagowska
Music selection – adaptation Jan Klata
Choreography Maćko Prusak


Slečna Dr. Matilda von Zahnd Jana Oľhová
Marta Bollová, hlavná sestra Gabriela Dzuríková
Monika Stettlerová, sestra Monika Potokárová
Herbert Georg Beutler, zvaný Newton, pacient Roman Poláčik
Ernst Heinrich Ernesti, zvaný Einstein, pacient Dano Heriban (as a guest)
Johan Wilhelm Möbius, pacient Robert Roth
Misionár Oskár Rose Martin Šalacha
Lina Roseová, pani Misionárová Monika Horváthová (as a guest)
Richard Voss, policajný inšpektor Ľuboš Kostelný
Uwe Siewers, ošetrovateľ, dieťa, policajt Jakub Janotík (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
McArthur, ošetrovateľ, dieťa, policajt László István Béhr (as a guest)
Murillo, ošetrovateľ, dieťa, policajt Peter Tilajčík (as a guest) René Sorád (Student, Academy of Performing Arts)
Father Svetozár Hanes (as a guest)