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  • Written by: William Shakespeare
  • Translation and version by: Marius von Mayenburg
  • Directed by: Thomas Ostermeier
  • Stage Design: Jan Pappelbaum
  • Costume Design: Florence von Gerkan
  • Collaboration Costume Design: Ralf Tristan Scezsny
  • Music: Nils Ostendorf
  • Video: Sébastien Dupouey
  • Dramaturgy: Florian Borchmeyer
  • Light Design: Erich Schneider
  • Puppeteers Training: Susanne Claus, Dorothee Metz
  • Puppets Creation: Ingo Mewes, Karin Tiefensee
  • Stage Combats: René Lay
  • Performers: Lars Eidinger, Damir Avdic, Caroline Haupt, Magdalena Lermer, David Ruland, Robert Beyer, Thomas Bading, Christoph Gawenda, Konrad Singer, Thomas Witte

Lasts approx. 150’ w/o interval

Age Recommendation: 16+

German with Turkish surtitles

A global icon of the contemporary theatre, Thomas Ostermeier and his company Schaubühne Berlin return to the festival after 10 years with a true masterpiece.

In Ostermeier’s own words, ‘Richard III embodies all our dark desires on stage and enacts everything we are not permitted to do in our civilised world.’ He remains faithful to Shakespeare’s original but presents Richard III as both a theatrical thriller and a celebration of evil.

Richard is a deformed, hobbling, hunchback who has helped his brother Edward to become King with a few judicious murders. But the end of the Wars of the Roses brings Richard no peace. Playing his rivals off against each other, and gleefully killing again, he clears away every obstacle in his own path to the throne. Lars Eidinger, a cult figure in German theatre, is a mesmerising, sometimes shocking Richard, who exposes the mistrust and conflict within the ruling elite.

With ferocious live drumming from Thomas Witte and a stark stage design by Jan Pappelbaum, this is an intensely physical, harrowing Richard III that digs deep into the nature of evil and the craving for power.


General sales begin on 10.30 on Tuesday, 2 July. The box office of İKSV, located in Şişhane, Beyoğlu is open every day from 10.00 to 13.00 and from 14.00 to 18.00, except Sunday.


Tickets can be purchased via passo.com.tr and Passo Mobile application or by creating a membership or from the İKSV main box office. You can attend the events with your PDF tickets sent to your e-mail address, which can also be accessed from the ‘my tickets’ tab under your profile information on the Passo website. Ticket prices include service fee.


Eczacıbaşı Youth Tickets can be purchased from all Passo counters and passo.com.tr by creating a membership. To purchase tickets, ‘eczacibasigencbilet’ must be written in the code field on the campaign screen.

Depending on the quota of each event, a limited number of Eczacıbaşı Youth Tickets will be on sale. Only one Eczacıbaşı Youth Ticket can be purchased at a time. In seated events, a special sitting section is created for this category. In standing activities, unless otherwise stated, regular and student ticket holders will be mixed.

The student status of the audience with Eczacıbaşı Youth Tickets will be checked at the venue entrances before the events, and viewers whose ID information does not match their Youth Ticket will be directed to the box office to purchase a difference ticket. In order to enter the event, students must show their valid student ID or a formal student document retrieved from E-Devlet (E-Government) for Turkish citizens. Istanbul Card is invalid. Student IDs of students studying abroad are valid. Youth Tickets are personal, non-transferable and not sellable. Name and surname must be provided when purchasing a ticket.

The difference ticket will be the amount between the lowest general sales category and the student ticket. In case of being late to the event due to the waiting time that may occur while purchasing the difference ticket, the responsibility belongs to the audience, and the ticket will not be refunded in any way. Tickets will not be refunded to those who cannot present valid student documents and refuse to buy a difference ticket.

There is no age limit for Eczacıbaşı Youth Ticket. Each event has its own age limit for entry. We kindly ask you to check the age limit before purchasing a ticket.


Priority sales will begin at 10.30 for Black and White Tulip members on Thursday, 27 June, and Red Tulip Card members on Friday, 28 June. The discount rates are 25% for Black and White Tulip Card members, and 15% for Red Tulip Card members. 

To become a Tulip Card member:


We kindly ask you to be present in the hall at least 30 minutes before the start of the show and for security reasons, and not to carry any bags larger than your handbag. Luggage and large backpacks will not be accepted in the hall, and cloakroom service will not be provided.


  • We kindly request our viewers to be diligent to arrive on time for the performance. Audiences arriving late to the show will not be admitted to the hall, and tickets will not be refunded.
  • It is forbidden to record the event with a camera, mobile phone and all kinds of recording devices.
  • Children under the age of 13 will not be allowed entrance.
  • Purchased tickets cannot be changed or returned unless the performance is canceled or its date is changed. In such cases, requests should be made before the announced date.
  • Only one campaign and/or sales discount can be applied to each ticket.
  • Venue or programme changes may occur due to reasons beyond control. The festival authority shall rearrange the new sitting order according to seat numbers on the tickets, providing the audience with the closest sitting positions. Tickets cannot be returned for the reason of venue or programme change.
  • A paramedical team and an ambulance will be present at the venue.
  • The performance will last 150 minutes and there will be no intermission. Audience members who leave the hall during the performance will not be able to re-enter.
  • The high volume and music in the performance may be disturbing to some audience members.