National Theater Company of KOREA

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Danton’s Death

27 Sep, 2019~ 13 Oct, 2019

  • Venue

    Baek Seonghui & Jang Minho Theater 

  • Genre


  • Show Time

    Weekdays 19:30 ㅣWeekends, Holidays 15:00ㅣNo performance on Tuesday

  • Tickets


  • Duration

    120 minutes

  • Enquiry

  • · Language  Korean


    · Age Restriction  Suitable for ages 14 and over

* Please ensure you arrive 30mins before the program time. The box office can be busy and you may need to queue.

* We will endeavor to admit latecomers at the first suitable opportunity, which may be the interval. For some Events late admission cannot be guaranteed.

* Re-entry is mostly NOT allowed. In an exceptional case of re-entering, you may be seated in alternate seat locations to avoid disruption of the performance.

* The discount on tickets will only be available when presented with the necessary papers or documents. Tickets have to be paid in full when they are not presented.

Georg Büchner:

A dramatist who exerted significant influence on many Nobel Literature Prize laureates.

The most prestigious German literary prize bears his name.


Georg Büchner: A Maverick, a Beloved and a Revolutionary

Georg Büchner, who paved the way for the development of modern drama, is highly respected and adored by the German literary world—with endless epithets. For the first time in six years, Danton’s Death is staged in Korea. The NTCK’s 2019 production of his first play is set to give rise to further words of praise. Completed in just four weeks while Büchner was in exile, the play still draws loud applause from audiences worldwide. In Danton’s Death, Büchner follows the fate of Georges Danton, a real-life leader of the French Revolution, and poses some fundamental questions. The play’s hero is constantly drunk and claims that people need bread instead of heads. Should he face the judgement of the guillotine? As we start to ponder this question, Büchner’s revolutionary work regains life on stage!






“People need bread instead of heads, wine instead of blood!”


At the height of the French Revolution, politician and revolutionary Danton is dismayed by the many contradictions that he encounters, and gives himself up to a life of hedonism. On the other hand, his comrade Robespierre establishes himself as a leader of the French Revolution through his strict morality and politics of fear. Their differing political opinions bring the two men into conflict with each other, and they end up taking separate paths. Then, having gained control of the National Convention and the Committee of Public Safety, Robespierre arrests Danton…


Written by Georg Büchner (1813-1837)

Often described as ‘a literary maverick of his time’ for his bold and open approach to literature, Georg Büchner was a German dramatist and poet, who was born in a time of upheaval and died prematurely. His legacy had significant impact on a number of modern German writers including Bertolt Brecht and Max Frisch. Although he only left behind thee plays and one novel, he is considered the first writer to tackle the challenges of modern drama—and most extensively so. Many Nobel Literature Prize laureates from Germany, including Heinrich Böll and Günter Grass, proudly noted that they were under the influence of Büchner’s writing.


Adapted and directed by Lee Su-in

Lee Su-in garnered much attention with his directorial debut, The Departure of Nine Buses Carrying Laborers, and emerged as a strong presence in Korea’s theatrical world. In 2006, he founded the theater company Theatre Bomnal. As a theater director, he is noted for his compelling scene composition, sophisticated mise-en-scène, rhythmical language of the stage and effective use of music.