King Size

  • Opera-theater
Christoph Marthaler
Performed by
Tora Augestad, Bendix Dethleffsen, Michael von der Heide, Nikola Weisse

A key figure in European theatre, Christoph Marthaler comes to Lyon for the first time with King Size, a vibrant mix of zany, musical and melancholic comedy.

King Size immerses the audience in the ostentatious decor of a bourgeois vaudeville, with striking blue woodwork, tapestries with kitsch flowers, thick carpets, gold bedside lamps and a king-size bed. An eccentric couple of singers, a bald pianist with a comb over and a spoiled old lady undergoing an existential crisis all meet – without really seeing each other – in an old-fashioned hotel room.
The audience watch with fascination as these weird and solitary beings go about their business. Trapped in their little idiosyncrasies, they sing, dance and play music by Mozart, Wagner, Boby Lapointe, Michel Polnareff and the Jackson Five. Christoph Marthaler’s genius lies in the mischievous and sensitive way he depicts the human paradox. Combining theatre and music, buffoonish fantasy and existential tragedy, his crazy operetta is a series of shifting, offbeat events, from the most irresistibly burlesque to the most unexpectedly absurd.

  • International Swiss
Running time
1 : 20

from 7 to 40 €



  • SHOW IN GERMAN with french subtitles

Musical direction – Bendix Dethleffsen / Scenography – Duri Bischoff / Light designer – Heide Voegelin Lights / Costume designer – Sarah Schittek / Drama – Malte Ubenauf

Production: Theater Basel (Switzerland), Théâtre Vidy-Lausanne (Switzerland)

With the support of Pro Helvetia – Fondation suisse pour la culture

Premiered on 8 March 2013 at Theater Basel (Switzerland)

“Un condensé de mélancolie qui déclenche des saccades de rires incontrôlés. Une heure vingt d’un bonheur hors pair. Un absolu coup de maître”. Les Inrockuptibles

“ Audience warmup” on Saturday, 12 December