Karge, Manfred


Manfred Karge was born in 1938 in Brandenburg. After his studies at the Academy for Performing Arts, Helene Weigel asked him to join the Berliner Ensemble. There he worked as an actor and assistant director and met director Matthias Langhoff, with whom he worked for almost 25 years. In 1968, the directing duo, Karge and Langhoff, left for Benno Besson’s Volksbühne.


After 1978, Karge was engaged as a director, actor, and writer at the Schauspielhaus Hamburg and Bochum and, as of 1986, at the Vienna Burgtheater. In 1993, he returned to the Berliner Ensemble, where he still acts and directs today.


Karge is also well-known as a writer. His play about a woman taking on the identity of her dead husband during the 1930s and experiencing the Nazi period as a man was adapted for John Maybury’s film, Man to Man (1992), starring Tilda Swinton.



2011 Gegen Morgen (At Dawn)
1982 Domino
1978 Achillesferse (Achilles Heel)
1975 Hostess
1971 Kennen Sie Urban? (Do You Know Urban?)
1971 Euch werd ich’s zeigen (I’ll Show You)
1970 KLK an PTX: Die Rote Kapelle (KLK to PTX: The Red Orchestra)
1970 Aus unserer Zeit: Gewöhnliche Leute (Our Time: Ordinary People)
1964 Die Abenteuer des Werner Holt (The Adventures of Werner Holt)


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