60 years ago, for the first time, a piece was played by Karl May in Elspe, Germany. This summer, therefore, the Elspe Festival looks back on its history and stories.
Karl May & Co.
Winnetou (Pierre Brice) against the Santer gang in 1984
Photo: Zill / Archive KARL MAY & Co.
Anyone who has saw the Winnetou play in 1958 would look around in astonishment - the modesty of that time has long since given way, and presents an action theater propagated by managing director and director Jochen Bludau. The story is less in the foreground, but the more the style of the pieces, which has not changed much since the 1980s. And so it is less well-known actors, who draw the visitors to the Sauerland, but the certain "Elspe feeling". Martin Semmelrogge, Katy Karrenbauer or "Momo" Radost Bokel were the few exceptions - apart from Pierre Brice of course.
In order to review the last 60 Winnetou years (including three years without Karl May staging and two orient pieces in the years 1960 and 1964), the Elspe Festival now seeks stories from the visitors, who will be able to view them until the end of the season. History@Elspe.de can send. To win there is an invitation to the premiere and premiere celebration of "Winnetou III" in the coming year.
A detailed look at the history of the Karl May plays at Elspe in the years 1976 to 1986 will throw the extended new edition of the 2013 published KARL MAY & Co. special issue to the Brice years. The new edition contains, among other things, new pictures, updated texts and interviews and will be published in the summer of 2018.