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Hardly any other event in the history of the early modern era has shaped Europe as much as the Reformation. Luther had made a cut through the society with his theses in 1517, which is why he was summoned to the Diet of Worms in 1521. In the play "Luther's Abduction" the rising conflict begins right there – at the interrogation by Cardinal Cajetan and Emperor Karl V. The play experiences a dramatic climax in the alleged abduction (May 4,1521) in the Steinbach Glasbachgrund near Bad Liebenstein. Luther, now disguised as Junker Jörg, is safe at Wartburg Castle. A safety that does not prevent him from thinking, questioning - and translating the New Testament into German.
Indeed, it is world history that is performed in Bad Liebenstein – the cultural region of Wartburg. It is particularly important that professionals, local amateur actors and the choir of "Musik verbindet e. V." stand together on stage. Under the guidance of Jethro D. Gründer, Luther is depicted as a human being with rough edges and flaws. Möhra, the Wartburg, the Glasbachgrund are original sites of Luther's history, which are also the locations of the play.
Several performances are scheduled for each year. The play forms the bridge between the anniversary of the Reformation in 2017 and 500 years of Bible translation in 2021, another highlight in our region.
The play "Luther's Abduction" is produced by the city of Bad Liebenstein as project sponsor, specifically for the KurTheater Bad Liebenstein. The aim is to create a tourist product that preserves our intangible regional cultural heritage. The spectacle is intended to arouse curiosity about our region, contribute to the promotion of tourism, to be an economic factor and last but not least strengthen the tourist awareness in our region. The production is financed by the town of Bad Liebenstein and the European Agricultural Fund for Rural Development (ELER - Förderinitiative Ländliche Entwicklung in Thüringen) and supported by RAG Leader Wartburgregion e. V.