Thalia Theater Hamburg is magnetic in this refined adaptation by director Jette Steckel. Tom Waits, Kathleen Brennan and Robert Wilson have reinvented Georg Büchner’s unforgiving Woyzeck as a 21st century musical. Two worlds are created: one of the underclass speaking pre-Brechtian German; another of introspection through Waits’ English songs. Presented by Carriageworks and Sydney Festival.

Image: Krafft Angerer