The perfect way to start an evening at the theatre – strolling across a spreading square, enjoying the elegant neo-classical architecture. The impressive façade of the Deutsches Theater Berlin is to the right and the Kammerspiele, dating from the early twentieth century, to the left. The centrally located Deutsches Theater restaurant is also ideal for relaxing before or after a show.
The theatre’s repertoire includes both traditional and modern classics from Chekhov to Sartre, Ibsen and Goethe – as well as many works by contemporary playwrights. Under artistic director Ulrich Khuon, the Deutsches Theater Berlin has also expanded its commitment to contemporary theatre, staging works by such modern playwrights as Lukas Bärfuß, Dea Loher, Wolfram Lotz, Roland Schimmelpfennig, Ferdinand Schmalz and Nis-Momme Stockmann, and presenting many of these productions as world premières. Every spring, the Deutsches Theater also hosts the two-week Autorentheatertage festival of contemporary drama, underlining its aim of providing a new impetus to enrich modern German theatre.
An award-winning reputation
The Deutsches Theater’s success only goes to confirm its approach. The Deutsches Theatre has frequently been invited to present its productions at the prestigious Theatertreffen festival. The Deutsches Theater and the Baracke des DT were already voted as theater of the year three times in the critics' survey of the theater magazine "Theater heute". The Deutsches Theatre productions and the ensemble have won an array of prizes including, in October 2013, artistic director Ulrich Khuon’s award of the esteemed Max-Reinhardt-Ring, presented by the German Association of Stage Workers (GDBA).
The theatre has particularly supported collaborations with directors with distinctive styles, such as Andreas Kriegenburg, Stephan Kimmig, Stefan Pucher, Michael Thalheimer and Tom Kühnel/Jürgen Kuttner. The ensemble also includes many prominent actors in German theatre and media from Corinna Harfouch and Maren Eggert to Samuel Finzi, Susanne Wolff, Ulrich Matthes and Bernd Stempel.
More than just one theatre
In 1883, the Schumannstraße building became the home of the highly-acclaimed Deutsches Theater ensemble. Constructed in 1850 as the Friedrich-Wilhelm-Städtisches Theater, the stage was originally home to comedies and operettas. In contrast, the Deutsches Theater, founded by theatre critic Adolph L’Arronge, increasingly presented straight theatre, and has successfully retained that focus ever since.
The intimate auditorium of the main stage, which dates back to 1850, provides seating for 600. In 1906, then artistic director Max Reinhardt established the Kammerspiele in the neighbouring building. Specifically intended for modern drama, the Kammerspiele can seat audiences of up to 230. In 2006, the Deutsches Theater then added the Box, a third stage specifically for young directors to present new works and topical subjects. The compact black box stage, located in the Kammerspiele foyer, has around 80 seats.
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