German-Jewish theatre at Coupé Theater doesn't mean theatre just for Jews, but instead for anyone open to learning about the German-Jewish experience.
It took more than sixty years for Berlin to have a Jewish theatre again when Theater Größenwahn started performing in 2001. Founder Dan Lahav has orientated its programme to audiences of all ages from different cultural backgrounds. Theatre for all who are interested in the German-Jewish experience and are curious about Jewish cultural customs and traditions. And right in the heart of Berlin's Wilmersdorf district not far from Kurfürstendamm.
History of Deutsch-Jüdisches Theater
When Dan Lahav founded the theatre in 2001, he did not intend it as Jewish theatre just for Jews. On the contrary, it was intended as theatre for all who wanted to learn more about Jews and Judaism.
The plan worked: today, the theatre is an integral part of Berlin's theatre scene.
The theatre has travelled around the city, playing in Wilmersdorf and Charlottenburg, and then in Neukölln and Mitte, before returning to Charlottenburg in June 2015. After the death of Dan Lahav, his team continues to run the Deutsch-Jüdische Theater in the Coupé Theater at Fehrbelliner Platz.
Deutsch-Jüdisches Theater concept and programme
The programme is dedicated to the artistic work of Jewish personalities like Friedrich Holländer, Kurt Tucholsky, Georg Kreisler, and Heinrich Heine. Cabaret and musical evenings present poetry, songs, and satirical sketches. Traditional and modern in one: in addition to classic Jewish theatre from before the war, the Deutsch-Jüdisches Theater also puts contemporary pieces from Israel on stage.