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Open Air stage at Monbijou Theater
Monbijou Theater in Berlin © Bernd Schönberger

Berlin Theatre in Summer

There’s a stubborn rumour going the rounds that in summer all the theatres go on holiday. But Berlin was always different, so here the shouting, suffering and loving on the boards representing the world of theatre continues the whole year round. Some ensembles even take advantage of the warm weather to relocate the whole theatre outside and perform in the open air in warm summer evenings under a sky full of stars. Other theatres, meanwhile, invite top-class ensembles who are otherwise engaged for the rest of the year. And of course the hard core of Berlin’s theatre world just untiringly goes on performing.

Theatre under the open skies

In summer the whole of Berlin is transformed into a stage. From green areas via the ruins of buildings right through to roughly erected stages in public areas – there are no limits to the imagination of Berlin’s artists in their choice of summer stages. The amphitheatre in Monbijoupark is a classic Berlin venue for open-air theatre. The great dramas of theatre history can also be seen in the romantic setting of the Schöneberger Südgelände nature park. Younger guests will be told adventures by the Berliner Kinder Theater on the outdoor stage at the Zitadelle Spandau.

Open air events

Summer makes an ideal setting for big-time spectacles. Picturesque decors turn imposing stage productions into veritable romantic events. Berlin's large open-air venues include the Waldbühne, the Kindl-Bühne Wuhlheide, and the Zitadelle Spandau. There'll be lots of rocking and rolling and music making here this summer, as well as theatre, circus shows, and cabaret. The open-air spectacle Aquanario turns the Zitdelle Spandau at the beginning of September into the impressive backdrop of a water, light, pyro technics and laser show. The cultural project of ufaFabrik is known as a small green oasis within the city. During summer, the covered outdoor stage in its summer garden invites you to enjoy comedy live music shows, and even a tango festival.

Theatres in Berlin with a continuous programme

Some theatre houses are defying the traditional summer break quite vigorously – to the delight of all theatre lovers. In a dark auditorium theatre fans can escape the summer heat and sit back and enjoy the entire spectrum of stage art – from cabaret & comedy, via shows and varieties, right through to the theatre of the spoken word – and all this during the hottest time of the year.

Theatres without summer break

Admiralspalast Bar Jeder Vernunft Berliner Kriminal Theater BKA-Theater Chamäleon Varieté Distel Kabarett-Theater Heimathafen Neukölln Neuköllner Oper Schlosspark Theater Stage Bluemax Theater Stage Theater am Potsdamer Platz Stage Theater des Westens Theater Größenwahn Theater O-Tonart Theater und Komödie am Kurfürstendamm Tipi am Kanzleramt ufaFabrik Wintergarten Varieté Wühlmäuse Kabarett-Theater Please note that most of these performances are in German. You may also want to have a look at our selection of International Theatre in Berlin.