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In his new show ‘Marlene’ Sven Ratzke plays the role of the legendary Marlene Dietrich: a film goddess full of mystery and glamour, who, as a chansonnière, experienced a second career worldwide and chose isolation in her Parisian apartment during the last years of her life.

It is November 3, 1960. Marlene is back in Berlin. She is in her dressing room. Outside, the crowd chants “Go home Marlene!” and “Traitor!” Inside, the diva prepares for her first show since the war. This leads to a journey through the life of one of the greatest icons of the 20th century. An insight into madness, showbiz, memories full of nostalgia and longing. The highlight: the concert as she performed it in Berlin in 1960.

After his leading roles in musical classics and the acclaimed one-man shows, including the international hit production ‘Where are we now’ about the life and work of David Bowie, with which he toured the world, Sven Ratzke is the ideal interpreter of this character. Like no other, Ratzke knows how to switch between genders and make the work of icons his own.

‘Marlene’ is a performance about fame and mystification, offering a glimpse into the soul of a world-famous legend. Infused with beautiful music and framed by texts from top author Connie Palmen and costumes by Ian Griffiths (art director Max Mara), ‘Marlene’ balances between grand theater and an intimate one-woman show, full of biting humor and strong emotions. “Marlene” leaves no one untouched.

Starring: Sven Ratzke, Julia Herfst, Jetse de Jong e.a
Written by: Pam Gems (Piaf), Connie Palmen
Directed by: Guntbert Warns (Hedwig and the Angry Inch)
Costume Design by: Ian Griffiths (art director Max Mara)
Co-Produced by: Renaissance Theater – Berlin

Made possible by a contribution from Fonds21 and AFK (Amsterdams Fonds voor de Kunst)

Sven Ratzke - Marlene - by Alek Bruessing
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Die Welt
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“Ratzke is the worthy successor to the legend Marlene. He showcases all her glamour and vulnerability. Ratzke does it wonderfully. The Berlin audience embraces this show with tremendous enthusiasm and undivided ovations.”
Berliner Morgenpost
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“Ratzke is from ‘Kopf bis Fuss auf Liebe eingestellt’ and creates something entirely unique with this evening. Go see this! This will be Berlin’s theater sensation.”
Der Tagesspiegel
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“…the songs sound surprisingly fresh with Ratzke and are devoid of any false pathos: he is pure, honest, touches you, and creates something completely authentic. The audience showered him with standing ovations. In Berlin, a new ‘Marlene’ has risen.”

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