Trunken von Deiner Schönheit
(Drunk on Your Beauty)

Portrait of a marriage with dangerous affairs
read by Angela Winkler and Christian Redl

based on the books, diaries and novels written by Vita Sackville-West, Harold Nicolson, Violet Trefusis and Virginia Woolf

arranged by Gerhard Ahrens

Burghart Klaußner had to cancel his participation in the reading for organizational reasons, which we very much regret. We are all the more pleased that Christian Redl has agreed to take on the part alongside Angela Winkler.


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').

Christian Redl, a master at portraying the strikingly obscure melancholic, the morbid brooder, as exemplified by the role he is best known for, the taciturn, solitary Inspector Thorsten Krüger, star of the Spreewaldkrimi crime series on German TV.  e studied acting at the Folkwang University of the Arts in Bochum, then worked in the theatre in Wuppertal, Frankfurt am Main, Bremen and Hamburg. Movie fans are bound to be familiar with Christian Redl thanks to his memorable performances in, for example, Downfall (2004), Yella (2007), Krabat (2008) and Pope Joan (2009), to name but a few.