German Artistic Director Stages An Interesting Version Of King Lear

German Artistic Director Stages An Interesting Version Of King Lear

Posted on Nov 12, 2018 in Checkers Old Munchen Blog

Germans love Shakespeare, and his plays are performed more often in Germany than in his home country of Great Britain, per the New York Times.

But one German artistic director has completely turned the Bard’s “King Lear” upside down this season.

The version of King Lear that reopened the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg in October after a major renovation has some tweaks that the original play did not include.

The action for the play is set inside a huge white cube that is tilted toward the audience. Some of the action is streamlined, and the cast has been narrowed to 10 speaking roles.

King Lear’s daughters Goneril and Regan are played by men and Gloucester’s illegitimate son, Edmund, is played by a woman.

The actress who plays Cordelia is the cast’s only woman besides the woman who plays Edmund, and also plays the Fool.

The play also includes “ample nudity,” according to the Times, spraying with a hose and several eggs cracked on Lear’s skull.

The artistic director also added an epilogue spoken by Edgar, who spends much of the evening naked and coated in white paint.

If you’re ready to experience German culture in a gentler way, consider a trip to Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant in Pompano. No one will crack eggs on your head, although you might enjoy trying some traditional egg noodles.

You can be assured that you will have a pleasant evening enjoying the warm atmosphere at the restaurant — no sterile white cubes here — and the service will be congenial.

If you want to experience a theater production, you can do that in Pompano, too. Check out the schedule for the Curtain Call Playhouse here. Coming up in December and January is the Playhouse’s production of The Goodbye Girl. Stop by Checkers Old Munchen for a bite to eat before or after you visit the theater.

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Many British Citizens Making The Move To Germany

Many British Citizens Making The Move To Germany

Posted on Nov 5, 2018 in Checkers Old Munchen Blog

The food is a great reason to move to Germany — although you can get great German food right here in Pompano Beach, Florida at Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant  — and the beer (also available at Checkers) is another.

But many Brits are moving to Germany for a more practical reason — jobs.

A large number of British citizens are moving to Germany, especially Berlin, statistics show. The number of British residents now living in the German capital has risen by more than 40 percent since December 2016, according to data from Berlin and Brandenburg’s Office of Statistics.

Experts speculate that many are moving before the March 30 Brexit deadline to ensure better access to jobs and rights in the EU post-Brexit. More than 90 per cent of Brits living in Germany are of working age, said Daniel Tetlow, co-founder of British in Germany.

The number of British citizens applying for German citizenship has also risen. In 2016 and 2017 combined, 10,338 Brits obtained German citizenship, more than twice as many as in the previous 15 years, per The Local.

Germany’s second-largest community of Brits is in North Rhine-Westphalia, made up of people who moved there for jobs in the military and civilian posts.

Many Brits who leave the military have established their lives and families and want to remain in Germany as civilians, experts said, and German officials have been generous in granting citizenship to British residents who have been in Germany a long time and residency to new British arrivals.

The federal government has also drafted a ‘Brexit Transition Act’ that ensures Brits living in Germany will be treated as EU citizens until the end of the transition period in December 2020.

“This would potentially allow thousands more Brits to get dual citizenship,” Tetlow told The Local.  “We’re very happy and impressed with the way Germans have supported Brits here.”

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German language is making a comeback

German language is making a comeback

Posted on Oct 24, 2018 in Checkers Old Munchen Blog

German food like the delicious offerings at Checkers Old Munchen German restaurant in Pompano will always be popular. But recently, learning the German language in school has fallen out of favor among English speaking students, who lean more towards learning Chinese.

But German appears to be making a comeback among British young adults between the ages of 18 and 30 who are studying the language to get better jobs, a according to a report in The Guardian.

According to the Goethe-Institut, which teaches German language classes, more than 3,000 people signed up for courses run by the cultural institution this year.

Research shows that the study of foreign languages has dropped significantly in Britain since 1997, finding that 34,300 students took high level classes in French, German or Spanish in 1997, compared with 19,200 this year and an estimated 17,505 who have applied for next year.

But Angela Kaya, the director of the Goethe-Institut in London, said, “We are seeing an increase of British students who might think they haven’t learned German as a foreign language so far and it makes sense to do it now, as a young professional. They are mostly aged between 18 or 19 to about 30.”

Learning a foreign language helps people understand the world better, Kaya said. and machine translation can’t capture the nuances of the language.

Cell phone apps like Memrise, Babbel and Duolingomake learning languages more convenient, and digital and online group courses are expanding.

Julia Gross, the chargé d’affaires at the German embassy in London, said learning German is a smart choice for a multitude of career paths and helps students get into German universities, which are very popular partially because they do not charge tuition.

If you think you might be interested in learning German, a good place to start is learning to read the menu at Checkers Old Munchen, where you can get a feel for the German language and German culture all while enjoying a delicious meal!

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