Volker Lechtenbrink

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Biography

Volker Lechtenbrink was born in 1944 in Cranz/Baltic Prussia. At the age of eight he performed for the NDR-Kinderfunk (childrens radio network), and at the age of ten he first performed on stage: The Christmas Carol af the Deutsches Schauspielhaus. In 1959, acting Klaus Hager in Bernhard Wicki’s anti-war movie DIE BRÜCKE (The Bridge) made him well-known to a broader audience in Europe.

Four years later Volker Lechtenbrink made his „real“ debut on stage at the Landestheater Hannover in Shakespeare´s MERCHANT OF VENICE and joined the ensemble. Later he contracted at the Bühnen der Stadt Köln and at the Bayerischen Staatsschauspiel München. From 1969 to 1983 he was permanently engaged at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus in Hamburg, were he also worked as a stage director. He toured throughout Germany in 2001 with the stage act SKYLIGHT by David Hare. With Jörg Pleva he performed A STRANGE COUPLE at the Ernst-Deutsch-Theater. Walter Matthau and Jack Lemmon had once made this play immortal. He toured again from 2002 to 2004 with SOLEIL POUR DEUX by Pierre Sauvil. Volker performs in Düsseldorf, Berlin and Hamburg.

In 1976 Volker presented his well received first LP DER MACHER (Le Faiseur). With a variety of own creations he included songs by the American singer and actor Kris Kristofferson, whose German film dubbing voice he impersonates. Ensuing records and concert tours definitely established him as member of the greater German popular music scene. Amongst others, Peter Maffays interpreted songs by Volker Lechtenbrink on his LP STEPPENWOLF. A collection of 7 CDs DER GANZE LECHTENBRINK, presenting his complete musical works, was released in 2001.

In 1979 the Saarländischer Rundfunk featured Volker’s own TV show: LIVE: VOLKER LECHTENBRINK.

His long and successful TV career started in 1962. He has played leading roles in features and series too numerous to mention here.

From 1995 to 1997 Volker Lechtenbrink was director of the Bad Hersfelder Festspiele - where he played KING LEAR in 2012 and directed the Three MUSKETEERS in 2013 - and from 2003 to 2006 director of the Hamburger Ernst Deutsch Theater, where he continues to perform (DER HAMBURGER FLOH IM OHR, DR. MED. HIOB PRAETORIUS, HEUTE WEDER HAMLET) and direct (AMY´S VIEW, THE WINSLOW CASE, THE CONCEITED PATIENT).

Volker Lechtenbrink has dubbed the voices of e.g. Kris Kristofferson and Burt Reynolds, and he appeared in radio plays. In 2007 he was awarded with the German Audio Book Award for his rendition of DAS FEUERSCHIFF, and he received the German Record Critics Prize in 2008.

Lechtenbrink's personification of Richard Nixon in FROST/NIXON at the Hamburger Kammerspiele earned him the Hamburg Drama Award in 2010.
His memories GIB DIE DINGE DER JUGEND MIT GRAZIE AUF was published in 2010.

Volker Lechtenbrink speaks English.

Publications

News

Was ihr wollt

Theatre

Ernst-Deutsch-Theater
Premiere 22.8.2019

TV Directing

1983

Die Eumeniden von Ohlsdorf
NDR

1979

Zwei Männer um einen Herd
NDR

Theatre Directing

2019

Twelfth Night, or What you will
(jester)
Ernst-Deutsch-Theater
dir.: Volker Lechtenbrink/Saskia Ehlers
Hamburg

2017

THE IMAGINARY INVALID
(Title)
Ernst-Deutsch-Theater
Hamburg
The Taming of the Shrew (Lechtenbrink acc. to Shakespeare)
Ernst-Deutsch-Theater
dir.: Volker Lechtenbrink
Hamburg

2013

The Three Musketeers (version: Volker Lechtenbrink)
Bad Hersfelder Festspiele

2008

The Winslow Boy (Terence Rattigan)
Ernst Deutsch Theater
Hamburg

2004/05

Amy's View (David Hare)
Ernst Deutsch Theater,
Hamburg

1999/2000

Bullets Over Broadway (Woody Allen)
Komödie im Bayerischen Hof
Munich

1998/99

Bullets Over Broadway (Woody Allen)
Münchner Tournee
tour

1997

Twelfth Night or What You will (William Shakespeare)
Bad Hersfelder Festspiele

1996

Romeo and Juliet (William Shakespeare)
Bad Hersfelder Festspiele

1995/96

Butterflies Are Free (Leonard Gershe)
Komödie Winterhuder Fährhaus
Hamburg
Der eingebildete Kranke/Le Malade Imaginaire (Molière)
Komödie Winterhuder Fährhaus, Hamburg

1995

King Lear (Willian Shakespeare)
Bad Hersfelder Festspiele

1994

Der eingebildete Kranke/Le Malade Imaginaire (Molière)
Münchner Tournee
tour

1992

The Caine Mutiny (Hermann Wouk)
Ernst Deutsch Theater
Hamburg

1991

The Taming of the Shrew (Willian Shakespeare)
Theatergastspiele Kempf
tour

1986

Play It Again, Sam (Woody Allen)
Konzertdirektion Landgraf
tour

1979

The Three Musketeers (Alexandre Dumas)
Bad Hersfelder Festspiele

1977

Three Men on a Horse (J. C. Holm, G. Abbott)
Ernst Deutsch Theater
Hamburg

1976

Armer Mörder (Pavel Kohout)
Ernst Deutsch Theater
Hamburg
Charley´s Aunt (Brandon Thomas)
Ernst Deutsch Theater
Hamburg