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Berlin Stages continue playing online

Experience culture at home and get on stage in your living room

Berliner Ensemble Innenansicht
© Moritz Haase

Instead of simply letting the curtain fall in times of the Corona crisis, many Berlin cultural workers immediately sent a signal of solidarity - and that life goes on despite Corona. Within a very short time, Berlin's theatres and stages have put together a digital programme that is quite impressive. Enjoy!

Currently, all the stages are supposed to be closed until 31 July. The current season will then come to an end and the theatre season will probably not continue until after the summer break.

 Schaubühne Berlin

Play "For the Disconnected Child"
Actors on stage "For the Disconnected Child" © Arno Declair

The Schaubühne Berlin is opening its video archive with its online replacement playbill Zwangsvorstellung ("Obsessions"). On the virtual Schaubühne you can also see original contributions and German-language premiers by international authors and theatre makers who, among other things, report from their countries and on how they dealt with the Corona crisis. In the Schaubühnen-Podcast you can listen to recordings of past "Streitraum" and "Streit ums Politische" events.

Schaubühne Berlin


Maxim Gorki Theater
Maxim Gorki Theater © visitBerlin, Foto: Wolfgang Scholvien
Maxim Gorki Theater

The ensemble of the Gorky Theatre misses you and is waiting for your call. Give them a ring from Tuesday to Friday between 5 and 7 pm and enjoy a personal One Wo*Man show. Please  register in advance at and reserve your own personal half-hour of drama, humour and theatre. Whoever mails first, hears first!

Gorky on the ear

Deutsches Theater

Deutsches Theater in Berlin by night
Deutsches Theater in Berlin © Arno Declair
Deutsches Theater und Kammerspiele

Since the curtains have to be closed for the time being, the Deutsches Theater streams  their classic theatre plays every Tuesday and Thursday. Under the motto "Heimspiel" (home game) the Deutsches Theater shows productions in full length as video stream. You will also receive introductions to the plays. Have fun exploring their radio plays and other digital formats.

New every week, on Tuesday and Thursday from 6pm to 12pm on the following day, a DT classic will be shown.

DT Heimspiel

 Kabarett-Theater Distel

Comedy cabaret stage in Berlin
Stage cabaret & comedy © Getty Images, Foto: Trodler

"Anyone who loses his sense of humor now hasn't understood the gravity of the situation." This sentence is currently on the website of the cabaret theatre Distel, which has also temporarily moved its satire to the internet. The programme is regularly expanded, so be sure to stop by for a portion of entertainment. From Saturday, May 16, in addition to songs and scenes from the current program, an episode of the current satirical news show Distelflix will also go online every week.


Glückliches junges Paar
Lachendes Paar © Getty Images, Foto: Westend61

A virtual window into the world of dating in the times of Corona, staged for the digital stage, that is (time together). Meanwhile, two seasons of short, improvised tête-à-têtes and fictitious online speed-dating are online, linking five theatres - the Deutsches Theater Berlin, the Düsseldorfer Schauspielhaus, the Schauspiel Hannover, the Residenztheater Munich and the Staatstheater Nürnberg.

 GRIPS Theater

Theatre Grips in Berlin
"Pünktchen und Anton" in the Grips Theater © David Baltzer/

The GRIPS Theatre offers a comprehensive online schedule and digital programme on all channels. Every day you will find new content on FacebookInstagramTwitter and Youtube. On "" you can inform yourself about the entire programme. Every Friday from 6 pm on, the recording of one of the GRIPS children's plays will be streamed free of charge for one week. For children and teenagers there are additional contributions to participate (Beiträgen zum Mitmachenon the site.



Shut up and dance
© Foto: René Löffler

The Tanzkomplizen (dance accomplices) convey the art form dance to young people. Since they are currently unable to show their performances in the Schillertheater-Werkstatt in Charlottenburg as usual, they invite you to their virtual stage. New pieces are published weekly, including discussion about the piece. There are also inspirations and movement tasks to participate in.


Galli Theater

Child in the theatre
Child in the theatre © Carmen MartA-nez BanAs

The Galli Theater offers a real potpourri for children and young theatre lovers. Here you can browse through the virtual fairy tale book and listen to the most beautiful classics. There are regular online theatre courses for children and young people and funny evening theatre shows, a pleasant alternative to bingewatching. Currently, coaching sessions and theatre workshops for adults are also offered.

Galli Theater

Theaterdiscounter: TD Zwischenspiele

Since there are currently no performances allowed on stage, the team of the theatre discounter has developed some innovative theatre alternatives for you with the TD interludes. For example, during a city walk through Berlin with the collective RAUM+ZEIT you can immerse yourself in Thomas Mann's famous novella "Death in Venice" ("Der Tod in Venedig"and find out what it has to do with the current situation. The starting point is the George Monument in the Nikolai Quarter. Directly from the empty theatre rooms Jean Paul broadcasts with SIEBENKÄS and of course you can also discover one or the other found object in TDPF (Theater Discounter Portable Format).

TD Zwischenspiele


Venue Dock 11 is in Berlin Prenzlauer Berg
entrance into Dock 11 © visitBerlin

In a virtual theatre hall, DOCK 11 experiments with new formats. You can watch dance films, take dance lessons and experience how festival formats are successfully adapted for the online world. After the international Tanzfestival pool, for which the dance film platform BERLIN was established, the SOUNDANCE Festival 2020 | online is on the programme from 17 to 26 June. In fact, you can visit the photo project of DOCK ART/DOCK11/EDEN until June 6th at the Zionskirche. On display are portraits of international artists*.


Wintergarten Berlin: Quariete

Conservatory Hall in Berlin
Conservatory Hall in Berlin © © Wintergarten Varieté 2017

The Wintergarten currently offers tickets for virtual performances. It's up to you how much you want to spend or donate for your "Quariete show" at home. The link to the show will be sent to you by e-mail. In the programme you will find "Staunen: Circus of Stars", "Twist again!", "Der helle Wahnsinn", "Woodstock Varieté Show" and soon also "Zauber Zauber".

Wintergarten Quariete

Couch-Theater Thikwa Classics

Theater Thikwa
© Theater Thikwa

The Thikwa Theatre opens its archives and invites to the Couch Theatre. The online video channel presents productions from 28 Thikwa years. Wow, this goes back to the 1980s. Have fun!

Couch-Thater: Thikwa Classics

Livestream HAU Hebbel am Ufer

© visitBerlin, Foto: Angela Kröll

Until 19 April, Hebbel am Ufer will be showing a selective online programme. The opening of the Spy on Me #2 festival has been moved to the HAU-YouTube channel in an "artistic manoeuvre for the digital present". This means that you can now watch theatre performances, discussions and dialogues, as well as selected films from the HAU from the comfort of your living room.

HAU Online Schedule

Livestream Schlosspark Theater

Schlosspark Theater 2
© Derdehmel/Urbschat

After "Schmetterlinge sind frei" the Schlosspark Theater continues its livestream program. In the series "GHOST WITH HUMOR" (Geist mit Humor) every Friday at 7.30 pm on Facebook + YouTube, well-known artists will be shown with excerpts from their programmes - including Dieter & Johannes Hallervorden (until further notice).

Livestream Schlosspark Theater

Streaming Program of the Deutschen Oper Berlin

© Leo Seidel

There has never been so much opera to enjoy: La Bohème, Jewgeni Onegin, Spring Storms, Cinderella. The Deutsche Oper offers you a really extensive programme, perfect also for long family evenings and a first introduction of your children to the genre. You can find out what is currently being streamed on the online programme. So much opera!

  • The youth production "LAUT!", for which rehearsals were already running, will be postponed.
  • The children's ballet training for the children's ballet company will be continued via online courses. 

Online program of the Deutsche Oper Berlin

Livestream of the BKA Theater Hauptstadtstudio

BKA Theater
© BKA Theater, Foto: Sven Ihlenfeld

The BKA Theatre has established its own BKA Theatre Capital Studio due to the nation's location. Here Edith Schröder informs about the situation of the stages in the capital and calls for support. The advance ticket sales for the time after the crisis is open, also the merchandise shop. All those of you who would like to support the BKA Theater additionally can purchase voluntary solidarity tickets or BKA Antivirus livestream tickets. Of course there will be streaming, too, the livestream events are marked in the programme.

Program of the BKA Theaters including the Livestream-Events

 ufa Fabrik

Circus tent
Circus tent © Steward


Postponed, canceled, canceled: Much of the game plan of the ufa Fabrik has indeed fallen victim to the Corona virus, but you can now see some of it online. The colourful programme, which ranges from theatre to music, cabaret, variety and dance to children's circus, is well worth checking out from time to time, including on the YouTube channel. Tip: Also visit the virtual circus school of the ufaFabrik.

ufa Fabrik

Berliner Ensemble: BE AT HOME

Berliner Ensemble at Schiffbauerdamm
Berliner Ensemble at Schiffbauerdamm © Foto: Monika Ritterhaus

Because theatre lives above all from cooperation, from interaction between all participants, between audience and actors the Berliner Ensemble has come up with some innovative online formats. You hear voices from an empty theatre, a monologue format that makes you think. Under the hashtag #Bedenkzeit, the ensemble's social media channels discuss distance and which possibilities of exchange the situation leaves us with. In addition, there will be live streaming offers and digital formats for discussions. The goal is to offer a lively exchange between audience and the theatre makers.



Friedrichstadtpalast at night
Friedrichstadtpalast at night © (c) visumate

Although the performances are cancelled until 31 August, a surprise awaits you on the website of the Friedrichstadtpalast. Here, around 200 employees and members of the young ensemble show what is most important in these times: hope, solidarity and - you will certainly remember the message from the VIVID Grand Show - a declaration of love for life.

Die - mit Abstand - längste Kickline der Welt

Here you can support your local artists

Stage of Haus der Berliner Festspiele
Stage of Haus der Berliner Festspiele © Chiussi/Agentur StandArt

Not only for the BKA Theater, but for many stages, theaters and cultural workers, the closures in the course of the Corona-Kirse represent an existential threat. You can help!

  • The initiative #meinekartemeinebühne, for example, calls for a sign of solidarity with the artists. If you can afford it, you can, for example, simply waive the refund of your ticket.
  • Through openPetition you can donate online for freelancers and artists during the Corona shutdown. Thanks!

We have collected further possibilities to support each other in times of crisis here for you.

Neighbourhood Assistance in Berlin

Further Livestreams:

Frau mit Smartphone fotografiert leuchtene Herzformen in der Stadt
© Getty Images, Foto: Artur Debat

Classical music in time of crisis

What else?

Here you can find important information about:

Josefine Köhn-Haskins


ist in München aufgewachsen, hat dort studiert und bei der SZ volontiert. Auf der Suche nach neuen Abenteuern entdeckte sie erst New York, dann Miami und berichtete als Trendscout und Korrespondentin für verschiedene Publikationen. Ihr Zuhause fand sie dann aber in Berlin. Fasziniert von den vielen Facetten der Stadt ist sie kreuz und quer in den Kiezen unterwegs und beschäftigt sich gerne mit Zukunftsideen und Smart City Konzepten für ein innovatives Berlin.


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