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Interior view of the Berliner Ensemble
Berliner Ensemble interior view © Moritz Haase

Berliner Ensemble in Babylon Berlin

The chandelier on the ceiling of the Berliner Ensemble is huge. For the series Babylon Berlin it gains even more weight. One assassin crouches inside the jewel, invisible to the audience. Another lurks on the lighting bridge. In their sights: French Foreign Minister Aristide Briandt and his German colleague Gustav Stresemann. But the assassins have not reckoned with Gereon Rath ...

The series makers had almost two weeks to shoot the next to last episode of the second season. The theatre was in its summer break. Enough free space, therefore, to stage almost every corner of the building: Entrance foyer, break room, stage, tiers, cellar, attic, fire escape in the courtyard and, of course, the chandelier. The Berliner Ensemble  is one of Berlin's most renowned theatres. Founded in 1892 as the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm, it experienced one of its great moments with the premiere of Bertolt Brecht's Threepenny Opera. If you are lucky, you can also witness a production of the Threepenny Opera today. Like the two state guests in the series Babylon Berlin. By the way, the suspension of the chandelier can carry 1000 kg, enough for several assassins. Once a year it is taken down for cleaning.