Baroque on the Main

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Barock am Main, performance of the play “The conceited 'sick” in summer 2008

The Barock am Main theater festival . The Hessian Molière has been taking place in the garden of the Bolongaropalast in Frankfurt-Höchst since 2004 . Pieces by the French playwright Molière will be performed , which Wolfgang Deichsel has translated into southern Hessian dialect . The actor and cabaret artist Michael Quast is the co-founder of the festival and the main actor in the plays .

The festival will be organized until 2009 by the New Theater Höchst and its sponsoring association, Bund für Volksbildung Frankfurt am Main Höchst . The Fliegende Volksbühne Frankfurt Rhein-Main has been the sponsor of Barock am Main since 2010 .

Development of the festival

The venue of the festival: the Bolongarogarten in Frankfurt-Höchst

In 1971 Deichsel performed his first Molière transmission in South Hesse with “ The School of Women ” in the Theater am Turm in Frankfurt . The second broadcast was " Der Tartüff " in 1972 , followed in the same year by " Der Menschenfeind " for the Darmstadt State Theater .

After a break of a few years, the pieces by the Hessian Molières were performed between 1999 and 2003 at the Bad Vilbel Castle Festival , where they had great success. For the festival in Bad Vilbel, Deichsel broadcast “ The Imaginary Sick ” as a new piece in southern Hesse.

The ensemble was looking for a suitable venue for the subsequent performances from 2004, which offered a suitable background for the performances. The baroque Bolongaropalast in Höchst was chosen for this. In 2004, Deichsel wrote:

"When Höchst opens the doors for us, we want to continue discovering our patron saint Molière."

During the several years of renovation of the Bolongaropalast, the performances take place in the courtyard of the Höchst Porcelain Manufactory .


The performances of the Hessian Molier are very successful with the audience. In 2007 Barock am Main had almost 11,000 visitors.

The reviews in the press are almost entirely positive. The ZDFtheaterkanal reports:

The enthusiastic audience in recent years has proven Quast right. “Many people's hearts just open at the sound of their dialect,” says the 49-year-old actor.

The FAZ wrote in August 2008:

“Michael Quast has once again proven why he received this year's Binding Culture Prize. The Frankfurt actor makes high culture a real treat for the unread too and ennobles the people's theater with his professional art of exaggeration. "


The ensemble around Michael Quast and Wolfgang Deichsel has been working together for many years. The core of the group also includes Matthias Scheuring (1957–2020), Hildburg Schmidt and Pirkko Cremer.

Little things

When Matthias Scheuring was unable to play Doctor Diafoirus in the imaginary patient on a weekend in 2007, the entertainer Harald Schmidt stepped in at Michael Quast's request . Since Schmidt doesn't speak a Hessian dialect, he swabbed instead.

Individual evidence

  1. a b Stefan Höhle: New Hessian Molière in “Barock am Main.” ZDF Theaterkanal from July 22nd, 2008 ( Memento of the original from August 2nd, 2008 in the Internet Archive ) Info: The archive link was inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check the original and archive link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.  @1@ 2Template: Webachiv / IABot /
  2. ^ Claudia Schülke: Baroque on the Main. Heart is racing, gall is bursting. FAZ from July 25, 2008
  3. ^ Der Tagesspiegel of July 6, 2007: Harald Schmidt helps out in Molière's comedy.

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