Ekkehard Schall

Ekkehard Schall (29 May 1930 in Magdeburg 3 September 2005 in Berlin) was a German stage and screen actor/director.

He was one of the best-known interpreters of Brecht's works and together with Helene Weigel a member of the Berliner Ensemble.


Schall's first went on stage in 1947 in Magdeburg. After engagements in Frankfurt (Oder) (Stadttheater Frankfurt (Oder)) and on the Neuen Bühne in Berlin, Bertolt Brecht hired him in 1952 as part of the Berliner Ensemble. Schall played here till 1995, for 14 years as intendant.

He played more than 60 roles, for example, Ui in Brecht's Der aufhaltsame Aufstieg des Arturo Ui more than 500 times.

Schall was honored in 1959 with the Kunstpreis der DDR, in 1962 and 1979 with the Nationalpreis der DDR.

He was married to Brecht's daughter Barbara Brecht-Schall and is the father of actress Johanna Schall.

Selected Roles



  • 2001 Meine Schule des Theaters. Seminare, Vorlesungen, Demonstrationen, Diskursionen. Suhrkamp, ISBN 3-518-13413-2
  • 2002 Buckower Barometer. Gedichte. Frankfurt Insel, ISBN 3-458-17102-9
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