Hyperventilation, aching sides, tears of laughter, cramped jaw – be careful you don’t do yourself a mischief at Berlin’s Wühlmäuse cabaret theatre. When Dieter Hallervorden and his colleagues get going, they’ll have you in stitches.
At the Wühlmäuse you can see the stars of comedy live on stage: Dieter Hallervorden’s cabaret has has been a byword for great fun and sharp satire since 1960. Today, the Wühlmäuse theatre is one of Berlin’s premier venues for comedians and performers from Germany and abroad. Dieter Nuhr, Mathias Richling, Ingo Appelt and Heinz Rudolf Kunze are just some of the names who regularly appear here.
As well as comedy and cabaret, the schedule has other highlights such as concerts by Karat or Purple Schulz, and readings by Axel Hacke, Jürgen von der Lippe or Harald Martenstein. Every two months you can look forward to Sieben auf einen Streich, where six comedians and a compère will have you rolling in the aisles.
Die Wühlmäuse Am Theo
In 1960, Dieter Hallervorden and other actors founded a group called the Wühlmäuse (which means “voles”). At first the ensemble played at the former Scala variety theatre in Schöneberg, before moving to Nürnberger Straße for the next 40 years. Their current home is at the “Theo”, which is the nickname for Theodor-Heuss-Platz in Berlin’s West End. The theatre has 516 plush red velvet seats, from its former use as a British forces cinema.
The theatre originally made its name with its own ensemble in the 1960s, performing political and satirical sketches and gags. This later developed into an entire topical cabaret show with a full plot – which was something new to the city. The shows always take a basic topic and look at it from various roles and points of view. The ensemble gradually became a platform for guest appearances from both established and up-and-coming comedians and cabaret artists.
The great cabaret festival
Cabaret and comedy go together perfectly. The Wühlmäuse think so too, and since 2001 have put on a cabaret festival which is broadcast each year on local television and hosted by Dieter Nuhr. This means you can get a taste of the Wühlmäuse at home before you see the real thing live on stage.