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Tower of Babel

A multilingual sound collage from international theatre director Robert Wilson, inspired by the story of the Tower of Babel.

An original work for radio from globally renowned theatre director and artist Robert Wilson which has been co-produced by the BBC and a group of German radio stations. In this multilingual sound-collage about the doomed proverbial tower of Babel, half a dozen languages are interwoven and juxtaposed. Wilson, originally an architect, has for decades worked worldwide with international ensembles, in various cultures and languages, and at constantly changing locations, all merging into a single whole: the theatre. In a compositional approach which is structural rather than conventionally linear, he uses texts from an ancient description of the city of Babylon and passages from the great works of theatre history: Aeschylus, Euripides, Shakespeare, Racine and Ionesco. Featuring actors and musicians including Fiona Shaw, Alan Cumming, Daniel Hope and architect Daniel Libeskind.

Tower of Babel recently won the 'Deutsches Horspielpreis der ARD', the highest award for a radio play in Germany. It is a co-production between the BBC and German radio stations HR, NDR, RBB and SWR.

Violin, Daniel Hope

Dramaturg, Ursula Ruppel
Co-director, Tilman Hecker

In co-production with HR, NDR, RBB and SWR.

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1 hour

Last on

Sun 16 Jul 2017 23:00


Role Contributor
Director Robert Wilson
Actor Cecile Brune
Actor Edith Clever
Actor Alan Cumming
Actor Cocorosie
Actor Christina Drechsler
Actor Lisa Genze
Actor Ilie Gheorghe
Actor Traute Hoess
Actor Jurgen Holtz
Actor Inge Keller
Actor Christopher Knowles
Actor Lydia Koniordiou
Actor Stefan Kurt
Actor Daniel Libeskind
Actor Brigitte Meese
Actor Christopher Nell
Actor Fiona Shaw
Composer Hal Willner
Composer Dominic Bouffard
Producer Alison Hindell


  • Sat 26 Nov 2016 21:00
  • Sun 16 Jul 2017 23:00

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