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Livestream: Complicite & Schaubühne Berlin’s ‘Beware of Pity’

This February, Simon McBurney directs the outstanding Schaubühne ensemble in Beware of Pity, a vivid account of a young man’s slide into a terrible situation and his struggle to extricate himself from it raising questions of consciousness and compassion.

The show is completely sold out however Complicite will be livestreaming the performance on Sunday 12 February at 3pm on YouTube.

You can watch the livestream through the player on this blog. It will also be available to watch on demand for two weeks following the event until 11.59pm on Sunday 26 February.

Join the conversation online @BarbicanCentre @Complicite #BewareofPity

The performance will be in German with English subtitles.

About Beware of Pity

Young officer Hofmiller commits a faux pas at a soirée held by a Baron, unwittingly asking his paralysed daughter to dance. The mistake pulls him into a relentless train of events in this devastating depiction of honour, love and betrayal, realised against the disintegration of the Austro-Hungarian Empire – a catalyst for the outbreak of the First World War.

Co-produced by Complicite and the Schaubühne
Presented by the Barbican and 14-18 NOW, the UK’s arts programme for the First World War centenary.
Live streaming presented in partnership with Goethe-Institut London

Photo: Gianmarco Bresadola


Demetris Zavros


Will the live streaming of the performance be subtitled in English, please?



Christian Davies

Will it be possible to watch On Demand from abroad (Poland)?

S. Belz

Thanks for streaming this show! A wonderful experience watching this from home! Please do many livestreams!



So impressed – what wonderful storytelling and important messages


Absolutely outstanding, what a treat.
The Mahler haunting phrases almost unedible due to their softess were not mentioned
at all, I loved it painfully.
Also did you know there was a real sugar baron at that time in Vienna?m.m.

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