In November 2013, Omnibus launched its inaugural artistic season with Woyzeck, an original centenary production of Georg Büchner’s seminal play that embodied Omnibus’ ethos for in-house work: classics re-imagined for contemporary audiences.
This production was supported with funding from Arts Council England, Lambeth NHS, Lambeth & Southwark Public Health Team, Maudsley Charity, and Royal Victoria Hall Foundation.
100 years since its first performance, Omnibus presents Büchner’s unique and timeless masterpiece, in this the bicentennial year of his birth.
Hailed as the forerunner of modern drama, this play celebrates Woyzeck as a proletarian hero, and steals a nightmarish glimpse at the futility of man’s battle against his baser, more animal instincts.
For three months, Woyzeck has been forced to eat nothing but peas, as part of a sadistic military experiment by his self-interested superiors. Now, he suspects the Drum Major of sleeping with his common-law wife. As Woyzeck struggles to understand his lot in life, suddenly an unexpected voice of reason offers him a way out…
Production dates: 19 November – 7 December 2013