Franz Kafka

The Castle

Original title of the novel Das Schloß

Original title of the adaptation Dvorac

First production


Janusz Kica

Opening night

14 February 2015
Main Stage


170 minutes inc. interval

Franz Kafka! It is the writer’s name itself that triggers a wealth of associations matched by few authors of world literature. Furthermore, his name has become synonymous for a diversity of emotional states and conditions of modern humankind. His books are no easy reads and may require some effort to fully appreciate them. Although published a while ago, they remain perennially topical and part and parcel of our everyday culture and constantly elicit new interpretations. The Castle (written in 1922 and published in 1926) occupies a special position in Kafka’s relatively small body of work. The unfinished novel which offers a multiplicity of meaning is permeated by an ingenuous dark atmosphere and tells a story of a land surveyor who comes to a snowed in village at the foot of a castle. Ever since its publication The Castle has been a source of identification for different historical situations, political and metaphysical contexts. This goes to show what an impossible (if not entirely unreasonable) task it is to comprehend it in its totality. Every attempt to render it in a different medium is doomed to be inadequate. What remains therefore is to engage with it in a partial, personal, and almost selfish enquiry, sustained by Kafka’s metaphors, which will allow for a reflection of our present moment. The hazardous journey of authorial interpretation has been undertaken by the director Janusz Kica and Goran Ferčec, the author of the stage adaptation. As a follow-up to Kica’s staging of America (1995) and The Trial (2001) The Castle imparts the Slovenian audience one of the paths to reach the writer that is grasped by everyone, but by no one exhaustively.


Creative team


Goran Ferčec

Drama Igralec: Goran Ferčec | odpri ustvarjalca


Višnja Fičor

Drama Igralec: Višnja Fičor | odpri ustvarjalca


Mojca Kranjc

Drama Igralec: Mojca Kranjc | odpri ustvarjalca


Numen + Ivana Jonke

Drama Igralec: Numen + Ivana Jonke | odpri ustvarjalca


Bjanka Adžić Ursulov

Drama Igralec: Bjanka Adžić Ursulov | odpri ustvarjalca


Kyrre Kvam

Drama Igralec: Kyrre Kvam | odpri ustvarjalca



Drama Igralec: Arko | odpri ustvarjalca


Aljaž Zaletel

Drama Igralec: Aljaž Zaletel | odpri ustvarjalca


Matija RozmanDrama Igralec: Matija Rozman | odpri igralca


Branko Jordan

Schwarzer, an under-castellan's son

Petra GovcDrama Igralec: Petra Govc | odpri igralca

Girl at Lasemann’s

Zvone HribarDrama Igralec: Zvone Hribar | odpri igralca

Lasemann, a tanner

Katja Levstik

Mrs Lasemann

Gorazd LogarDrama Igralec: Gorazd Logar | odpri igralca


Branko Jordan


Nik Škrlec


Rok Kravanja


Branko Jordan

Voice from the Receiver

Vanja PlutDrama Igralec: Vanja Plut | odpri igralca

Pepi, a chambermaid/barmaid

Sabina KogovšekDrama Igralec: Sabina Kogovšek | odpri igralca

Pepi’s Friend

Saša TabakovićDrama Igralec: Saša Tabaković | odpri igralca

Barnabas, a messenger

Iva BabićDrama Igralec: Iva Babić | odpri igralca

Amalia, Barnabas’ sister

Barbara CerarDrama Igralec: Barbara Cerar | odpri igralca

Olga, Barnabas’ sister

Katja Levstik

Barnabas’ Mother

Zvone HribarDrama Igralec: Zvone Hribar | odpri igralca

Barnabas’ Father

Matija RozmanDrama Igralec: Matija Rozman | odpri igralca

Innkeeper 2

Branko Jordan

Village Council Chairman

Katja Levstik

Mizzi, the chairman’s secretary

Branko Jordan

Momus, Klamm’s village secretary

Petra GovcDrama Igralec: Petra Govc | odpri igralca

Miss Gisa, the school mistress

Sabina KogovšekDrama Igralec: Sabina Kogovšek | odpri igralca

Hans Brunswick, a student

Zvone HribarDrama Igralec: Zvone Hribar | odpri igralca

Bürgel, Friedrich’s secretary

Branko Jordan

Erlanger, Klamm’s first secretary



Janusz Kica – Prešeren Fund Award for Directing


Polona JuhBorštnik Award for Acting

Numen + Ivana Jonke – Borštnik Award for Set Design



50th Maribor Theatre Festival