Eclectic Theatre
English Amateur Theatre in Dresden

Heartbreak House

“Do you think the laws of God will be suspended in favour of England because you happen to be born in it?”

Bernard Shaw’s black comedy Heartbreak House is his response to the outbreak of the First World War. Set in a bizarre house in the English countryside, it is a satirical and often savage portrait of the educated leisured class of pre-1914 England. Having turned their back on their responsibilities, the inhabitants of Heartbreak House spend their time flirting and playing mind games with one another as their civilization goes under. They are idle and useless, and they know it. But at the end it looks as if retribution will come.

A powerful indictment of society’s collective failure that led Europe into catastrophe, Shaw’s masterpiece still has more than a few resonances for us today.

Where and when?

  • Performances
    • September 10, 2015 (Thu), 20:00
    • September 11, 2015 (Fri), 20:00
    • November 5, 2015 (Thu), 20:00
    • November 6, 2015 (Fri), 20:00
  • All shows at Theaterhaus Rudi, Fechnerstraße 2a in 01139 Dresden
  • Tickets via phone (+49 351 849 19 25) or via e-mail (
  • Price: 8€ (5€ reduced)

Poster: Heartbreak House