Theatre in Berlin
boasts more than 50 theatres and performing spaces. The tradition
stretches back to the early years of the century when three great
innovative Stage Directors were working here - Erwin Piscator
at the Theater am Nollendorfplatz, Max Reinhardt at the Deutsches
Theater, and Berthold Brecht at the Berliner Ensemble, where he
premiered the 'Drei Groschen Oper' (Three Penny Opera) in 1928.
The latter has become inextricably associated with the Berlin
of the 20s - a tale of big city gangsterism, featuring a stunning
performance by the actress Lotte Lenya, and the song "Mack the
When the Nazis came to power in
the Thirties, many actors, directors and artists fled the country
- Reinhardt amongst others fled to the States, where he was to
direct Mickey Rooney as Puck in 'A Midsummer Night's Dream', Marlene
Dietrich left for Paris. Art that didn't celebrate Aryan values
was condemned by the Nazis as decadent, and since that included
all the internationally respected work performed in the city,
theatre in Berlin died the death.
The Fifties and Sixties saw a revival
of creativity, heralded in by Brecht's resumption of work ('Mother
Courage', 'Caucasian Chalk Circle'), plays like Hochhut's 'The
Representative' and Handke's 'Offending The Audience', and the
appearance of young actors like Otto Sander and Bruno Ganz, later
to become famous through Wim Wenders' film, 'Wings of Desire'.
And once again today Berlin offers an amazing range of theatrical
experiences. You can see mainstream productions Deutsches Theater,
experimental work at The Volksbühne, or at Theater Kreatur which
hosts the extraordinary Polish director Woron, English language
plays at The Friends of the Italian Opera, or children's shows
at Grips or one of the many puppet theatres.
Large scale musicals (currently Irish
dance spectaculars are popular) are staged at bizarre venues throughout
Berlin, like the airport Tempelhof, as well as regular theatres
such as Theater des Westens. Ticket availability is good, and
for a reasonable price you can see high-calibre performances from
resident and visiting companies.
If you'd like us to reserve tickets for a particular event or
show, or help you find what you're looking for, you only have
to let us know. Choose the entertainment you are interested in
the travel request
list of theatre venues here.
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