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BKA - the home of cabaret

The Berliner Kabarett Anstalt is where you will see the stars of Berlin's cabaret scene, with songs, music, comedy and variety.


With feather boas and blonde wigs – it’s bold, camp and unorthodox. Every evening at the BKA theatre you can expect the finest in variety entertainment, with everything from comedy to cabaret to songs. If you feel like laughing at the absurdities of life or listening to some new music, then the BKA is the place for you.

Up on the rooftops of Kreuzberg

It’s a long way up to comedy heaven. The BKA is on the top floor of an unassuming residential building. This gives the small theatre an intimate atmosphere, where the jokes sparkle and the punchlines hit the spot. In the auditorium itself, a thousand lamps light up and the heavy velvet curtain opens to reveal the stage. And as well as that you have a glorious view over the rooftops of Kreuzberg.

Berlin’s cabaret institution

The BKA has been playing at the little theatre on Mehringdamm since 1988. For a while, there was a second venue at the BKA-Zelt on Potsdamer Platz, and then the BKA-Luftschloss on Schlossplatz, where the palace is now being built. Many artists have started their career at the BKA and still regularly appear there. A new, bold and self-confident drag scene has established itself, with cabaret and satirical shows. The schedule includes camp revues featuring Ades Zabel and Biggy von Blond, as well as classical cabaret, fast-paced musical shows and political satire. The BKA has always been focussed on promoting new talent.

Every Monday, in his show Berlin, ick liebe dir! Cyrill Berndt shows you how to be a proper Berliner and not get lost in the metropolitan jungle.

Regular artists appearing at the BKA include:  

  • Josef Hader
  • Tim Fischer
  • Ades Zabel
  • Popette Betancor
  • Wladimir Kaminer
  • Pigor & Eichhorn
  • Horst Evers
  • Arnulf Rating
  • Désirée Nick

As well as established artists, the BKA schedule also features young solo artists and groups such as The Incredible Herrengedeck, Zärtlichkeiten mit Freunden, Simon & Jan, Christoph & Lollo, Chris Tall and Kaiser & Plain, to name just a few.

And what else is on the schedule?

Theatersport Berlin gives you a chance to get involved. Using ideas from the audience, the artists improvise a new story every time. Every Tuesday evening it’s time for Unerhörte Musik, Germany’s only weekly concert series for contemporary music. And for the next generation of theatregoers, there are matinées by the English children’s theatre Platypus.

Tickets available at our Berlin Tourist Info at Hauptbahnhof, Brandenburg Gate and Neues Kranzler Eck

Please note that all performances are in German.


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