Beethoven in Stalingrad

Directed and performed by Swedish actor Jesper Arin, Beethoven in Stalingrad returns to Edinburgh Festival Fringe after selling out shows in 2015.  

Beethoven in Stalingrad is a new play based on letters that were confiscated and hidden away by the Nazi regime. Around Christmas 1942, the German soldiers in Stalingrad were given one last opportunity to write home. Their powerful testimonies are here intertwined with a live remix of Beethoven’s music. Scottish violinist Ian Peaston unravels and remixes the Appassionata in distorted electronic strands that mirror the narratives of real soldiers’ letters from Stalingrad, adapted and performed by the Swedish actor Jesper Arin.

Through the texts you get a glimpse into one of the worst wars in history of mankind in a most personal way. Although the soldiers are well aware of the disastrous situation that they are in they all handle it very differently. The letters contain messages of hate, longing and despair but they also send us reassurance, love and hope.Intertwined with the letters throughout the performance are parts of Beethoven’s Appassionata, arranged and performed live on electric violin by Ian Peaston.

Beethoven in Stalingrad was performed at Edinburgh Festival Fringe in 2015 and will return in 2017 to Greenside Venues @Nicolson Square 4th-19th of Aug. For more information and tickets go to Edinburgh Festival Fringe Box Office.