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Lecture on Max Reinhardt's 150th birthday

The desire to design Neukladow as a total work of art in which nature and culture inseparably merge led to Johannes Guthmann bringing in a respected theater director and artistic director of his time.


This theater expert played a significant role in the development of Berlin into Germany's leading theater metropolis with an international reputation, especially in the years after 1900. This theater expert was none other than Max Reinhardt (1873-1943), who was known as the "Lord of the German Theater". and Johannes Guthmann in an advisory capacity in the conception of a natural theater.

The Naturtheater was opened in 1912 with a performance of ancient choral music, but the First World War led to an abrupt interruption of performances in this "green festival hall". Despite the difficult post-war period, Johannes Guthmann decided in the summer of 1919 to stage the lyrical drama "Der Tor und der Tod" by Hugo von Hofmannsthal in Neu-Cladow. This showed a remarkable continuity in a time full of crises. The friendship between Johannes Guthmann and Max Reinhardt, which began in Neu-Cladow, survived the turmoil of the First World War and lasted into the 1920s.


On the occasion of the 150th birthday of Max Reinhardt, who was born on September 9, 1873 in Baden near Vienna, the Guthmann Lectures are dedicated to Max Reinhardt and his many connections to Neukladow.