Trunken von Deiner Schönheit
(Drunk on Your Beauty)
Portrait of a marriage with dangerous affairs
read by Angela Winkler and Burghart Klaußner
Leonard Woolf called Vita an honest, simple, sentimental, naive and competent writer. An evening about the escapades of the English upper class, their loves and their passions. It centres on Victoria Mary Sackville-West, called Vita, who was a member of the highest echelons of the British aristocracy and grew up in the former archbishop's palace Knole House, which she immortalised as the manor house Chevron in her novel The Edwardians. In 1913, she married the diplomat Harold Nicolson, a writer respected throughout Europe for his publications. The couple had two sons. In 1930, she bought Sissinghurst Castle in Kent, where she and her husband designed and created one of the most beautiful gardens in England. She published more than fifty books throughout her lifetime, including collections of poems, novels and biographies. She also wrote an extremely successful gardening column for the Observer for many years and was an accomplished travel writer. She was even more famous for her affairs, particularly those with the writer Violet Trefusis and Virginia Woolf, whose novel Orlando was inspired by and based on her.
Angela Winkler rose to fame thanks to films such as Volker Schlöndorff's The Lost Honour of Katharina Blum or The Tin Drum, has worked with Luc Bondy, Peter Stein, Peter Zadek and Robert Wilson at the theatre, and has most recently appeared in the film Clouds of Sils Maria and the three-part TV series Preis der Freiheit ('The Price of Freedom').
Burghart Klaußner's theatre career initially began with a collaboration with George Tabori; since then, he has performed on all of the great stages. He also regularly appears in major film and TV productions, in the last few years, for example, the Schirach adaptation Terror and Brecht by Heinrich Breloer.