New dispute at Schiffbauerdamm: playwright and house owner Rolf Hochhuth cancels the theater’s lease.
What a theater: playwright Rolf Hochhuth wants to kick out the Berliner Ensemble (BE) and its director Claus Peymann. As the owner of the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, Hochhuth, through his Ilse Holzapfel Foundation, has given "extraordinary and immediate" notice of termination of the lease to the State of Berlin, the stage’s tenant, for alleged breaches of contract. The house must be handed over to the foundation "cleared and swept clean," according to Hochhuth’s threat.
The cultural administration confirmed the 25-page letter of termination yesterday, but reacted calmly. They see "no danger that the BE will not be able to continue playing," Gunter Kolodziej, spokesman for State Secretary of Culture Andre Schmitz (SPD), told the taz. So far, he sees no reason for a termination. The administration is nevertheless in the process of thoroughly examining the termination, he said. BE lawyer Peter Raue also said on Monday that there had been no breaches of contract with Hochhuth, as the latter was implying.