Helmut Strasbourg

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Helmut Straßburger (born January 11, 1930 in Dessau , † June 19, 2010 in Berlin ) was a German director , actor and theater director .


After graduating from high school in 1948, Helmut Straßburger worked as a set designer and stage technician in Dessau. The following year he became an actor at the Anhaltisches Theater in Dessau and was a member of the drama ensemble until 1957. In the same year he was called to the Staatstheater Dresden as an actor and finally to the Volksbühne Berlin in 1963 under the directorship of Benno Besson , where from 1973 he also worked for many years as a senior theater director and director . In his productions he mostly worked with the co-director and dramaturge Ernstgeorg Hering . With Rosenow's Kater Lampe , Helmut Straßburger made his well-known directing debut at the Volksbühne Berlin, his staging of Diderot 's Rameau's nephew with its 296 performances was even one of the most successful Volksbühne productions of all time, with national and international guest performances. The stage set was designed by Otto Nagel's last student who was still alive, the painter and graphic artist Günter Horn .

Quite a few of the pieces, such as Koritke in 1984 , were also adopted by GDR television . In addition, he also often played in cinema and television films. Mostly he played comedic roles, which he often created very cryptic, such as Falstaff in The Funny Wives of Windsor (1981). But leading character roles such as that of Friedrich Engels in Mohr and the Ravens of London (1969) made him famous. In 1979, Strasbourg was awarded the Goethe Prize by the City of Berlin . At the 2nd National Feature Film Festival of the GDR , he and Rolf Ludwig won the award for best supporting actor for his role in Our Short Life . For more than 20 years he taught as a lecturer at the "Ernst Busch" Academy of Dramatic Arts in Berlin ; Corinna Harfouch was one of his students . In 1992 he returned to Dessau with Der Hauptmann von Köpenick , where after the guest production he was acting director at the Anhaltisches Theater from 1992 to 2004. Most recently, the acting director of Samuel Beckett's Waiting for Godot was in his final role as Pozzo .

Strasbourg's rapidly deteriorating health prompted him to give up his theater management in 2004. After several strokes within a few years, he died on June 19, 2010 at the age of 80 in Berlin. He left behind three sons and two daughters from three long-term civil partnerships and marriages. Three of the children are also actors and work in the theater and film industries. The actresses Antje and Margrit Straßburger as well as the musician Frank Straßburger come from the thirty-year marriage with the ballet dancer Erika Straßburger . The author and filmmaker Sebastian Ugowski , who also worked as a singer and actor and who enjoyed international musical success both as a composer and as a music producer under the pseudonym "Gilmano", comes from a longstanding relationship with the theater and film actress Karin Ugowski . Another son comes from the marriage with the actress Astrid Straßburger .

Strasbourg was a member of the LDPD . In March 1977 he was elected a member of the LDPD's central executive committee at the 12th party congress of the LDPD in Weimar .

Strasbourg was buried on July 6, 2010 in the historic cemetery at Bürgerpark in Berlin-Pankow with the sympathy of well-known friends and colleagues such as Hildegard Alex , Ursula Karusseit , Hans Teuscher and Günter Junghans .

Filmography (selection)

Theater (actor)

Theater (direction)

Radio plays


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Individual evidence

  1. a b The Long Night of the Live Radio Play. Press release from May 16, 2012 on Lockbuch ( Memento from May 17, 2012 in the Internet Archive )
  2. ^ Günter Horn
  3. Page no longer available , search in web archives:@1@ 2Template: Toter Link / www.theaterderzeit.de
  4. ^ From the 12th Congress of the Liberal Democratic Party of Germany . In: Der Morgen , March 5, 1977, p. 4.