Das Spiel. English


DasSpiel_Cropped_ForWebSmallThe Game has found you. As you read this you are becoming part of it.

In the intersection of performance and reality, imagine being unsure, if someone else had planned your greatest moments. You discover more only by playing.
This Game is different.  It becomes larger than you, as you play. It reaches into your past and creates the present. It makes you comfortably uncomfortable.
The players are different every night and therefore The Game is different every night.

You are part of The Game.

This is a psychological immersive theatre show, blurring the lines of performance and reality. A new show by illusionist and performer Philipp Oberlohr. Developed with support from: Yard Theatre London, Ovalhouse London, Galerie Die Schöne Vienna.

Das SpielWhat is DAS SPIEL ?

Das Spiel is a mindreading experience. The audience members become participants as they  journey through memories, accurately and mindblowingly recreated by Philipp Oberlohr with the help of the whole audience.
Oberlohr’s ability to gently hold the audience in the palm of his hand with ample humour, charm and empathy defines DAS SPIEL as a unique piece of theatre and magic, hugely entertaining and personal. THE GAME plays at the crossroads of human experience, encourages us to see each other, bringing our common ground in to view.

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“A standing ovation last night for the game”
@YardTheatre, Yard Theatre London

“I’m so part of the game. Amazing show”

“Das Spiel is just the right mixture of tongue in cheek fun and jaw-dropping amazement. It’s the funniest thing to come out of Austria since…no, actually, it’s the funniest thing to come out of Austria full stop.”
Chris Campbell, Literary Manager at the Royal Court Theatre

“If Doctor Who was German, he’d be Philipp Oberlohr”
@Duncan_Gates Exeunt Magazine London

Das Spiel is a jaw-droppingly enchanting show that managed to convince me that magic is real. Oberlohr’s brilliant mentalism has the audience mesmerized as he achieves the impossible again and again.“
Rebecca Atkinson-Lord, Ovalhouse London

“Das Spiel blew my mind.”

“Brilliant stuff. Mind blown. Great night”

“He’s obviously sold his soul.”
David Duchin

Das Spiel has had completely sold out runs at Ovalhouse London and Vault Festival London. It is a proud recipient of the Vault’s People’s Choice Award.Peoples-Choice-Award

Trailer | The Audience Speaks


☆☆☆☆☆ Everything Theatre
“Intelligent, artistic, very funny – and a master class in impressive illusions.
Unmissable – it’s mind-blowingly good.
Oberlohr is a marvellous entertainer with tremendous charisma
…a truly entertaining riot of amazement and amusement. Go see it.” (full review here)

☆☆☆☆ Theatre Fullstop
“This feels personal, it feels welcoming – it really makes you feel that there is nowhere else you could have possibly been that evening other than there.
…in such a theatrical and dreamlike way that it makes you feel that magic really does exist.
Philipp I would now like to thank you personally for calling out to my imagination, wonder and ability to remember. Thank you for letting me be part of the game.” (full review here)

☆☆☆☆ The Londonist
“Das Spiel isn’t just smart. It’s funny, very funny .
Oberlohr is charming, erudite, humble, encouraging…” (full review here)

☆☆☆☆ Y-Plan

The Public Reviews

“Das Spiel is an incredibly well crafted show.
…Oberlohr knows exactly what his audience are thinking.
Das Spiel is interactive theatre, and uplifting…
A great alternative to pretty much everything else you’re likely to find in fringe theatre” (full review here)

A Younger Theatre
“Oberlohr has an enchanting grip over the audience.
…it is absolutely astounding and outstanding. I would recommend you become a player – but the game has already chosen you.” (full review here)


profilePHILIPP OBERLOHR studied theology (AUT) and physical theater (UK). He has been performing as an illusionist for more than 15 years. Philipp creates experiences using mind-reading, illusions and physical and immersive theatre. In the crossover of magic and theatre he meaningfully engages audiences, going to the heart of their beliefs, memories and realities. His work is humorous, purposeful and exciting. Over the past decade, Philipp’s work has spanned from one-on-one installations to to performances for 500. From site-specific experiences to interactive theatre (séance. an interactive illusion, UK/AUT). His work has toured to the Barbican Centre, Arcola Theatre, Lyric Hammersmith, Ovalhouse London, to Austria, Hungary and Germany, to critical acclaim: “Oberlohr completely wins me round” (exeunt magazine), “genuinely spooky!” (Time Out), “supernatural” (Irish Times).

Producer CRISTINA CATALINA came on board for DAS SPIEL’s Ovalhouse run last spring. She has five years experience producing international performance projects in collaboration with the Romanian Cultural Institute (at the Edinburgh Festival, Barbican, LIFT, Theatre Royal Stratford East) and Firehouse Creative Productions (including Southwark Playhouse and University of Georgia, US), where she is Creative Associate. She produced All Change Festival at Theatre 503 and the Lyric Hammersmith, and Elevator and The Romanian Season (Time Out Critic’s Choice****) at The New Diorama.


Spiel Teaser Videos

The Game has found you

 The Game unfolds.

You are part of the game.

The Game is looking for you #1

 The Game is looking for you #2

The Game is looking for you #3

Technical Specifications


available upon request

sound system with mini-jack input (near lighting desk)

Raked Seating
6m x 4m stage space

2 hours either side
3 hour technical rehearsal
60 minutes running time

wingback chair
small bench
small table