6th April – 3rd June 2023

Preview performances on 3rd, 4th, and 5th April

Step into the world of THE WHO & THE WHAT, the electrifying play by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Ayad Akhtar. In this powerful exploration of family, faith, and the creative process, we follow the journey of Zarina, a young Muslim woman, and aspiring novelist, who finds herself grappling with the complexities of love, religion, and cultural identity.

As Zarina’s family is forced to confront their own beliefs and prejudices, tensions rise, and secrets are exposed, culminating in a dramatic and emotionally charged climax. Through gripping performances, unforgettable characters, and sharp, incisive dialogue, THE WHO & THE WHAT takes us on a journey of discovery, challenging our assumptions and beliefs in ways that are both profound and exhilarating.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience one of the most exciting and thought-provoking plays of the year. With its compelling narrative and stunning performances, THE WHO & THE WHAT is a must-see theatrical experience that will leave you moved, challenged, and inspired. So why wait? Book your tickets today and be part of a journey that will stay with you long after the final curtain.


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AFZAL : Rohit Gokani

ZARINA : Karen Johal

MAHWISH : Noor Sobka

ELI : Adam Collier


Direction: Clifford Dean

Set Design: Mathias Wardeck 

Costume Design: Patricia Royo 

Light Design: Heiko Böttner & Paul Glaser 

Lighting & Sound Technician: Heiko Böttner 

Stage Management and Props: Rebecca Delmas 

Set Design Assistance: René Ahnert 


Hamburger Abendblatt

“erneut ein dramatischer Volltreffer. Ein bemerkenswertes Stück, das zu Diskussionen über den Glauben anregt[…] ein höchst sehenswertes Stück” 

Theaterzeit Hamburg

“Ein anrührender, großartig gespielter zweistündiger Abend […] Man wird ihn wohl nicht so schnell vergessen.”

Die Auswärtige Presse e.V.

“A brilliant performance!”