Literature in the Park

“Quiet tones – distinctive voices – exciting history / stories”

This year prominent voices from the German film and television scene will again skilfully stage texts of literary classics from the world of fantasy. In addition to the two sponsors Max Moor (presenter of TTT – Titel, Thesen, Temperamente)and Katty Salié (presenter of ZDF Aspekte), the popular actors Peter Kurth, Devid Striesow, Andrea Sawatzki & Christian Berkel will read.

Max Moor and Katty Salié, the two sponsors of the Potsdamer Schlössernacht: “The Potsdamer Schlössernacht is cult! We are happy to be the joint sponsors for the summer literary readings in the Orangery Palace, which have become an integral part of the so wonderfully diverse programme of these two summer nights in Sanssouci Park.”

Friday, 19 August 2022

MAX MOOR & KATTY SALIE‘ read from George Orwell’s “Animal Farm“

Admission 6.30 pm | 7 pm – 8.20 pm | Western Plant Hall / Orangery Palace


When two prominent names of German cultural television (KATTY SALIE hosts ZDF “Aspekte”, MAX MOOR hosts ARD “TTT”) come together as sponsors of literary readings for a joint reading, it must be something special. And it definitely is! Orwell’s utopian fairy tale “Animal Farm” deals with nothing less than democracy. The gripping allegory of the animals rebelling against their human oppressors is a literary wake-up call about the corrupting effect of power, and how quickly a better world can turn into its opposite, even a nightmare.

KATTY SALIE and MAX MOOR give the turgid and dystopian fable a topical journalistic kick: you have never heard it like this before!

photo: Herbert Schulze
photo: Markus Hauschild


PETER KURTH reads from Miguel de Cervantes „Don Quijote“

Admission 8.30 pm | 9 pm – 10.20 pm | Western Plant Hall / Orangery Palace



Yes, he definitely is in a class of his own: for many years the Berlin-based actor PETER KURTH has filled film screens and stages with colossal presence. Whether in successful crime genres such as “Babylon Berlin”, “Tatort” or currently in the US film production “Inventing Anna” – the theatre actor never fails to impress with his smoky voice and laconic style of acting reduced to the extreme. For his reading debut, he has chosen – also in view of ¡VIVA! as the motto of this year’s Schlössernacht – a Spanish masterpiece of significance. He tells the story of Don Quixote, “Knight of the sorrowful countenance”. He is a dreamy nobleman. He and his squire Sancho Panza, a whimsical representative of more practical reason, roam Spain in the 16th century. In the process, they get into adventurous circumstances such as the legendary battle against the windmills. The story is grandiose, funny, melancholic and lovingly ironic all at the same time.

A portrait of our times – and a great plea for the all too human in all of us! 

photo: Fabian Schellhorn

Saturday, 20 August 2022

ANDREA SAWATZKI & CHRISTIAN BERKEL read from Lewis Carroll’s „Alice in Wonderland“

Admission 6.30 pm | 7 pm to 8.20 pm | Western Plant Hall / Orangery Palace


Germany’s most popular acting couple ANDREA SAWATZKI and CHRISTIAN BERKEL not only shine in manifold roles as actors, but also as authors of successful bestselling books. After their captivating readings in 2019 and 2021, the self-confessed literature and Schlössernacht fans return to Potsdam’s Orangery Palace for a second time – and complete their fairy tale trilogy with L. Carroll’s “Alice in Wonderland”, one of the best known and most popular children’s books of all time. The surreal mix of quirky characters and fantastic madness and adventures has thrilled audiences since its publication in 1865 and led to countless film adaptations.

Berkel and Sawatzki lent their distinctive voices to the Cheshire Cat, the Queen of Hearts, the Hatter and the dream walking main character Alice with fine flair: an enchanting fairy tale hour for young and old!

photo: Vero Bielinski

DEVID STRIESOW reads from Oscar Wilde’s „The Happy Prince“, among others

Admission 8.30 pm | 9 pm – 10.20 pm | Western Plant Hall / Orangery Palace


The actor (and current Saarbrücken “Tatort” Commissioner) DEVID STRIESOW who has won all the prestigious German film awards for his character portrayals, is a guest for the first time at the Potsdamer Schlössernacht literature readings.

With Oscar Wilde’s “The Happy Prince”, he enters the cheerful, magical world of Victorian art fairy tales in which the almost impossible happens and the strangest dreams come true.

STRIESOW brings the short stories and their characters to life with great linguistic finesse!

A truly fantastic listening pleasure for the nightly conclusion of the Potsdamer Schlössernacht 2022 in the fitting ambience of the illuminated Orangery Palace!

photo: Edith Held