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On the eve of the end of World War Two, at an Austrian Nazi-supporter aristocrat husband and wife's castle, around 200 Jews are murdered as a "party game". This true event inspired Nobel laureate Elfriede Jelinek to pen the play "Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)", dealing with a paradoxical situation that denies language and portrayal.

On stage arrive 5 "reporters" who come to tell us more about the incident. However, we cannot determine if the testimony of these 5 is as perpetrators, victims or just observers. Their many digressions and repetitions create merely contradiction and confusion. Famed opera and theater director Jossi Wieler is a specialist in Jelinek's work and here he creates a unique theatrical atmosphere of multi-layered and complex imagery, a dramatic sequence like a tromp l'oeil ever increasing its ambiguity as the language proliferates.

Special co-operation from

Embassy of the Federal Republic of Germany

Goethe-Institute Tokyo

Austrian Embassy/Austrian Cultural Forum



On sale from 10:00 on September 15 (Sat), 2012

Prices: Reserved seating
Advance ¥7,000 (Jelinek Play Text Set; limited availability)
¥4,500 (no play text) (Day + ¥500)
Students ¥3,000 (Show student ID for advance & day tickets)

Available from: F/T Ticket Center (Tel./Online); Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Box Office; Ticket Pia [P Code: 422-523] (Japanese only) e-plus (Japanese only), confetti (Japanese only)
Valid for Pair Tickets, F/T Pass, 5 Performance Pass, Jelinek Series & Play Text Sets, Group Tickets
Jelinek Play Text sets for Pair Tickets and Student Tickets also available.

The “Jelinek Play Texts” (Hakusuisha) includes Elfriede Jelinek’s “Kein Licht.”, “Kein Licht II”, “Rechnitz (Der Würgeengel)”, and “Wolken. Heim.” (Japanese translation: Tatsuki Hayashi).

Ticket Information


11/9 (Fri) ☆19:00
11/10 (Sat) ☆14:00★
Duration: 110 min.
The box office opens 1 hour prior to the start of the performance.
The doors open 30 minutes prior to the start of the performance.
Performed in German with Japanese surtitles

★Post-Performance Talk
☆Talk in theatre lobby by dramaturge Julia Lochte before each performance (c.40 min., in German)

F/T Theatrotheque: "Wall of Silence" (Austria, 1994)
Direction: Eduard Erne, Margareta Heinrich
11/7 (Wed) - 11/10 (Sat)
Duration: 88 min.
German with Japanese subtitles
Venue: Theater Green, BIG TREE THEATER
Ticket: ¥500 (no reservation required; day tickets only)
Ticket-holders can attend any screening for free (no reservation required).
Learn more here



Tokyo Metropolitan Theatre Playhouse
1-8-1 Nishi-Ikebukuro, Toshima-ku
Tel: 03-5391-2111
Ikebukuro Station on JR Line, Tokyo Metro, Tobu Tojo Line, and Seibu Ikebukuro Line.
2 minutes walk from Ikebukuro Station west exit (direct entrance to the theatre from exit 2b).



Jossi Wieler


Elfriede Jelinek
Poet, Novelist, Playwright