War & Peace

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About performance

Hold this book. Heavy isn’t it? Actually that’s only half of it. It’s one of the longest in the world. It has 1256 pages (depending on the edition and language you are reading in), originally written in four volumes, there’s more than 135 characters. Have you actually read it?...I’m only half way through.”

The hottest outfit in Berlin's performance scene takes on one of literature's most famously unread novels, but this book club might come with a body count. Notorious theatre renegades, Gob Squad make live video performances that unsettle the lines between the prepared and the improvised, performer and bystander, fiction and life. Here they set their sights on Tolstoy's gargantuan opus only to discover that neither war nor peace are coming without a fight. A never ending parade of characters dance, dine and duel while performers prepare for scenes as if going into battle, all in order to reframe Tolstoy’s central inquiry: can we live a moral life in an imperfect world? Are our peaceful lives themselves a kind of warfare? Playful and improvised, Gob Squad’s War and Peace searches the performers’ own backdrops of conflict, notions of freedom, privilege and safety. Duty and the individual versus community are discussed through the ordinariness of day-to-day life.

Founded in 1994, Gob Squad are a group of UK and German artists. They make performances and videos which search for beauty in the everyday, and look for words of wisdom from a passing stranger. An artists collective with seven core members, they work collaboratively on the concept, direction and performance of their work. They explore the point where theatre meets art, media and real life, constantly searching for new ways to combine media and performance, producing stage shows, Presented with Malthouse Theatre video installations, radio plays, interactive live films and urban interventions. 

In English with Russian simultaneous translation
Duration: approx. 1 hour 45 minutes

Age limit 18+

World Premiere: 23rd March 2016, Münchner Kammerspiele

Gob Squad is regularly funded (2015 - 2018) by the State Berlin, Senatsverwaltung für Kultur und Europa.

War and Peace is a production by Gob Squad and Münchner Kammerspiele. Incoproduction with Volksbühne am Rosa-Luxemburg- Platz Berlin, Schauspiel Leipzig, Konfrontacje Teatralne Festival Lublin, Lancaster Arts at Lancaster University, Malthouse Theatre and Melbourne Festival, Gessnerallee Zürich, Nottingham Playhouse and Teatro Stabile di Torino – National Theatre. 

Photos © David Baltzer


  • Idea and realisation — Gob Squad
  • Sound Design — Jeff McGrory
  • Video Design — Miles Chalcraft, (Anna Zett)
  • Set Design — Romy Kießling
  • Costume Design — Ingken Benesch
  • Lighting Design — Andreas Rehfeld, Chris Umney
  • Dramaturgy — Johanna Höhmann, Christina Runge
  • Production Management — Christina Runge
  • Technical Management — Chris Umney, Max Wegner
  • Artistic Assistant — Mat Hand, Lena Mody
  • Assistants from Münchner Kammerspiele — Thorben Meißner, Aleksandra Pavlovic, Yana Thönnes
  • Стажёры — Katharina Joy Book, Lisa Käppler, Nora Strömer, Aleksandra Jakubczak, Tom Healey, Teresa Heiß, Hannah Wolf
  • Gob Squad Management — Eva Hartmann
  • Gob Squad Management UK — Ayla Suveren
  • Tour Management — Mat Hand


20 october 20:00 

21 october 20:00
The Meyerhold Theatre Center
st. metro Novoslobodskaya or Mendeleevskaya / Новослободская ул., 23