Paul Binnerts frequently collaborates with composers, who write new music for his productions, mainly performed ‘live’ by professional musicians. He calls it ‘theater-with-music’. Only in a few instances it is pure ‘music-theater’, as in the opera St. Louis Blues.

The composers:

  • Louis Andriessen in The Measures Taken by Bertolt Brecht, and The Comedy about the Servant of Two Masters, based on Goldoni’s play.
  • Heiner Goebbels in Brecht’s The Exception and the Rule, and St. Joan of the Stockyards.
  • Gilius van Bergeyk in Hungeryear (1566).
  • Alfred Harth in Brecht’s The Breadshop.
  • Jean Lambrechts in Brecht’s Fear and Misery in the Third Reich, Mnouchkine’s Mephisto (1), Euripides’ Of Trojan Women and Büchner’s Leonce and Lena.
  • Annemarie Roelofs in Drei Frauen/Three Women and Flametti.
  • Hay Beurskens in Brecht’s Drums in the Night.
  • Christoph Anders in Chronicle of a Death Foretold, based on the novel by Gabriel Garcia Marquez, and in Shakespeare’s The Tempest.
  • Vera Vingerhoedts in Kassandra, based on the novel by Christa Wolf.
  • Paul Lansky in The Same Sea, based on the novel by Amos Oz.
  • Thies Streifinger in Allein das Meer/The Same Sea, based on the novel by Amos Oz.
  • Chiel Meijering for his opera St. Louis Blues. (YouTube) Double cd published by Donemus 1995

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  • Het Leugenlabyrint (Eng. Labyrinth of Lies), a novel, Prometheus, Amsterdam, 2021.


‘The Hague, May 9th 1940. Bert Meijer van Leer becomes the proud owner of a German motorbike. Little does he know that the motorbike, a Zündapp, will save his life and cause his downfall. On May 10th the German army invades Holland. On that day Emmeke, Bert’s sister, celebrates her birthday. Emmeke and Bert are Jewish, but not practicing. Bert has been baptized and marries Lien who is Protestant. Emmeke is married to Joost, who isn’t Jewish either and anti-religious out of principle. Ingredients for a fatal chain of events.

Their ‘mixed marriages’ can’t protect them against the measures the Germans take against the Jews: excluding them from the society they live in through registration and public humiliation by forcing them to wear the Star of David; and, if they don’t comply, arrest, imprisonment, and deportation to a concentration camp.

In Labyrinth of Lies author Paul Binnerts witnesses how the Germans slowly tighten the screws. His characters are facing decisions, of which only afterwards can be said they were the wrong decisions. The only thing he can do is keeping them company.’