Ophelia’s Shadow Theatre

About the Play

Ophelia is a wizened old miss. She was supposed to become an actress, but her voice was too quiet, so she became a prompter instead. One day, however, her theatre is closed down. On the deserted stage, Miss Ophelia meets a shadow. He is lonely, as he belongs to nobody. The same is true for Ophelia, so she takes him into her home. This hospitality gets out and about among the shadows, and more and more want to move in with Ophelia. Soon she can open up her own shadow theatre. Until one day she meets an extraordinarily big shadow, bigger and darker than all the others...


  • First published in: 1988
  • Theatre rights:
    Verlag für Kindertheater
    Poppenbütteler Chaussee 53
    22397 Hamburg
    Tel.: 040-60 79 09 16
    Fax: 040-60 79 09 51
    Contact person for performance permits: Juliane Lachenmayer
    E-Mail: lachenmayer (at) verlagsgruppe-oetinger.de

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Version for spoken theatre by Trias Theater Ruhr, Gelsenkirchen 1997.

Further Performances

  • Reading with music:
    Ophelias Schattentheater (Ophelia’s Shadow Theatre)
    with Bernd-Christian Schulze and Helmut Thiele. Music by Heinrich Gattermeyer. Thorofon (Bella Musica 2001).


Not yet adapted as a musical.

Puppet Theater

Not yet adapted for puppet theater.