Duncan Macmillan

Katie Mitchell

Video Director
Leo Warner

Set Designer
Lizzie Clachan

Costume Designer
Sussie Juhlin-Wallen

Video Designer
Finn Ross

Sound Designers
Gareth Fry, Melanie Wilson

Lighting Designer
Jack Knowles


Clara Haber: 
Ruth Marie Kröger

Fritz Haber: 
Felix Römer

Claire Haber: 
Jenny König

Andreas Schröders

Laurenz Laufenberg / Giorgio Spiegelfeld

Nurse, Scientist: 
Cathlen Gawlich / Kate Duchêne

American Soldier: 
Sebastian Pircher

Andreas HartmannStefan KessissoglouSebastian Pircher

Forbidden Zone - Tour

Schaubuhne Berlin

 "Katie Mitchell’s stunning new multimedia piece speaks powerfully about men, women and war"

***** Financial Times


For nearly a decade 59 Productions has been working with director Katie Mitchell on a theatrical technique called "Live Cinema", in which a seamless, cinematic-quality film is shot in real-time on stage in front of a theatre audience.

With video direction by 59's Leo Warner, the piece includes elaborate film and stage sets (designed by Lizzie Clachan), which include several detailed period rooms, as well as a moving 1940's Chicago subway train that is brought to life through elaborate sound, lighting and in-camera effects.

Forbidden Zone - which premiered at the Salzburg Festival in July 2014 - is arguably the most ambitious and complex of these pieces to date. With multiple narratives crossing two time zones, the piece tells the story of Fritz Haber, the inventor of the very first chemical weapons during the First World War, and the effect that it had on his family over three generations.

(Photographs by Stephen Cummiskey)

Touring & Repertory dates

After opening at the Salzburg Festival in August 2014, this production became part of the repertory of the Schaubühne Theatre in Berlin, who now also tour the production worldwide.

For more information, please visit the production page on the Schaubühne's web site.