When Simon McBurney, Director of renowned British theatre company Complicité, directed Beware of Pityfor Schaubühne Berlin, it was the culmination of two decades of mutual admiration and discussion between him and Schaubühne Artistic Director Thomas Ostermeier.

Beware of Pity, Sydney Festival Beware of Pity . Photo © Gianmarco Bresadola

Settling on a project, however, took some doing. Ostermeier was keen on McBurney directing a Shakespeare and suggested various plays including The...

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