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Joris Smit on Tasso and Joan of Arc: no theatre that puts the audience to bed

The National Theatre plays Jeanne d'Arc by Friedrich Schiller and simultaneously retakes Johann Goethe's Tasso. Joris Smit plays in both plays, even the title role in Tasso. We talk to him about German romantics, Sallie Harmsen, the new-fangled National Theatre and the importance of going down on your face.

Tasso and Jeanne, Goethe and Schiller. Is German romanticism the only connecting factor between these two plays, or is there also similarity in content?

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Frans van Hilten

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The National Theatre plays Jeanne d'Arc by Friedrich Schiller and simultaneously retakes Johann Goethe's Tasso. Joris Smit plays in both plays, even the title role in Tasso. We talk to him about German romantics, Sallie Harmsen, the new-fangled National Theatre and the importance of going down on your face.

Tasso and Jeanne, Goethe and Schiller. Is German romanticism the only connecting factor between these two plays, or is there also similarity in content?

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