Jutta Lampe

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Jutta Lampe
Jutta Lampe als Mrs. Baines.jpg
Lampe in 2009 in Shaw's Major Barbara
Born(1937-12-13)13 December 1937
Died3 December 2020(2020-12-03) (aged 82)
Berlin, Germany

Jutta Lampe (13 December 1937 – 3 December 2020) was a German actress on stage and in film. She was for 30 years a leading actress at the Schaubühne founded in Berlin by her husband Peter Stein, where she played both classical theatre such as Alkmene in Kleist's Amphitryon, and world premieres including Robert Wilson's Orlando for one actor, and roles that Botho Strauß created for her. She was also engaged at the Vienna Burgtheater and the Schauspielhaus Zürich. She appeared in more than twenty films from 1963, including lead roles in films by Margarethe von Trotta. Lampe was named Actress of the Year by Theater heute several times. Other awards included the Gertrud-Eysoldt-Ring and the Joana Maria Gorvin Prize for her life's work.

Life and career[edit]

Born in Flensburg,[1][2] Lampe appeared on stage first at age eight in ballet.[3] She was trained for acting by Eduard Marks [de] in Hamburg in 1956.[4] She had her first engagement at the Staatstheater Wiesbaden, followed by the Nationaltheater Mannheim.[5] In the 1960s, she was successful at Theater Bremen where she worked with directors including Peter Zadek and Peter Stein. She played Lady Milford in Schiller's Kabale und Liebe directed by Stein,[4] alongside Bruno Ganz and Edith Clever.[3] She appeared in Shakespeare's (Maß für Maß) Measure for Measure directed by Zadek,[6] and the Princess in Goethe's Torquato Tasso directed by Stein.[7]

When Stein founded the Schaubühne in Berlin in 1970,[7] she was one of the first leading women in the ensemble, but always regarding herself as part of the team.[6] She worked there for 30 years.[8] She played Athene in Stein's production of the Orestie by Aischylos.[4] In Klaus Michael Grüber's staging of Shakespeare's Hamlet in 1982, she played Ophelia "as if in a trance".[3] In his production of Kleist's Amphitryon [de] in 1991, she was Alkmene.[4] She performed in several plays by Botho Strauß, directed by Luc Bondy.[7] Strauss had seen her in Wiesbaden at the beginning of her career.[3] With director Robert Wilson, she worked for the premiere of his play Orlando, which he based on the novel by Virginia Woolf.[9] As the play's only actor, she played many roles, changing gender[1][10] and period on a time voyage.[4]

From 2001 to 2002, Lampe was a member of the Burgtheater in Vienna.[11] She played there Arkadina in Chekhov's Die Möwe, directed by Bondy, alongside Gert Voss in a production also shown at the Berliner Theatertreffen. Directed by Edith Clever, she played Winnie in Beckett's Glückliche Tage, with irony and sarcasm.[1] She performed in Berlin once more in 2005, with Clever in a play for two women, Die eine und die andere, which Botho Strauß dedicated to them,[4][3] staged by Bondy.[1] From 2005 to 2008 she was engaged at the Schauspielhaus Zürich.[5] One of her last roles on stage was there in 2009, in Shaw's Major Barbara which was also Zadek's last premiere.[6]

She was married to Peter Stein from 1967 to 1984.[12] Jutta Lampe died in Berlin on 3 December 2020, ten days before her 83rd birthday,[7][8] after a long struggle with dementia.[4][1]




Lampe appeared in films by Margarethe von Trotta, beginning in 1979 in Schwestern oder Die Balance des Glücks (Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness), then in 1981 in Die bleierne Zeit alongside Barbara Sukowa, and decades later in Rosenstraße.[8][13]

Year Title Role Director
1976 Sommergäste [de][5] Marija Lvovna Peter Stein
1979 Schwestern oder Die Balance des Glücks[13]
Sisters, or the Balance of Happiness
Maria Sundermann Margarethe von Trotta
1981 Die bleierne Zeit[13]
Marianne and Juliane
Juliane Margarethe von Trotta
1987 Das weite Land[5]
The Distant Land
Anna Meinhold-Aigner Luc Bondy
1988 The Possessed[5] Maria Lebjadkin Andrzej Wajda
2003 Rosenstraße[13] Ruth Weinstein (at age 60) Margarethe von Trotta


Lampe's awards included:


  1. ^ a b c d e Becker, Peter von (3 December 2020). "Superwoman Jutta Lampe". Der Tagesspiegel (in German). Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Schauspielerin Jutta Lampe verstorben – Theater-News". Verlag Theater der Zeit (in German). Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  3. ^ a b c d e Strauß, Simon (3 December 2020). "Zum Tod von Jutta Lampe : Die eine bei all den anderen". Deutschlandfunk Kultur (in German). Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  4. ^ a b c d e f g Luehrs-Kaiser, Kai (3 December 2020). "Nachruf auf Jutta Lampe / Die Unberührte". Die Welt (in German). Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  5. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o "Darstellende Kunst – Mitglieder / Jutta Lampe". Akademie der Künste (in German). Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  6. ^ a b c d Pilz, Dirk (12 December 2017). "Jutta Lampe – Die Künstlerin auf dem Seil". Frankfurter Rundschau (in German). Retrieved 13 January 2020.
  7. ^ a b c d Stadelmaier, Gerhard (13 December 2013). "Königin der Anmut". FAZ (in German). Retrieved 12 July 2016.
  8. ^ a b c "Jutta Lampe ist tot". Der Spiegel (in German). 3 December 2020. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  9. ^ a b Wilson, Robert. "Jutta Lampe ist tot". robertwilson.com. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  10. ^ Höbel, Wolfgang (27 November 1989). "Superwoman Jutta Lampe". Der Spiegel (in German). Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  11. ^ "Jutta Lampe". Biografie / Who's who (in German). Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  12. ^ Stein, Peter (3 December 2020). "Peter Stein zum Tod von Jutta Lampe – "Sie war immer für den Ausgleich, das war ihre Fähigkeit"" (in German). Deutschlandfunk Kultur. Retrieved 4 December 2020.
  13. ^ a b c d "Jutta Lampe ist tot". Die Zeit (in German). Hamburg. 22 October 2019. Retrieved 4 December 2020.

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