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Friedrichstadt-Palast: Young Ensemble

Children performing for children

The Friedrichstadt-Palast continues a long-standing tradition with the largest children’s and youth ensemble in Europe. The beginnings of the young ensemble date back to autumn 1945. About 250 Berlin kids from over 20 nations between the ages of 7 to 19 learn their stagecraft here. Under the motto “Children performing for children”, they take the big stage every winter and show their skills. Although it can look back at a rich history, the young ensemble remains unique in 21st century Europe. Under the guidance of experienced youth educators, the children and young people are trained in dancing, singing, and acting in the stage disciplines. They also learn that theatre is a team performance. Hard training, rehearsals, corrections, and a lot of discipline are also a part of it, not just for the premiere, but for every performance.

The young ensemble was awarded the Cultural Prize of the State of Berlin and the  German Children’s Cultural Award for Outstanding Achievements. In 2012, it received another honorary award from the German Children’s Auxiliary. In the theatre’s shows for child, the main roles are frequently played by the members of the young ensemble. For children, it is always something special to see only their peers on the stage without any adults in sight. With the massive stage allowing more than 100 kids to appear in each performance makes this a  one-of-a-kind opportunity.

For school and kindergarten groups: Receive two free tickets for every group of 35 you book (€2.90 service fee per ticket). Chaperones receive tickets at the same price as the children.

For group reservations: Also for the Grand Shows, please contact the theatre directly at +49 (0) 30-2326 2330 or by email to
Subsidies: Children with berlinpass can order advance tickets for just €3. Needy children can also receive support through the educational package. Please inform the parents well in advance so that they can submit the required applications.


  • The children’s shows are almost always sold out. It is therefore advisable to secure tickets early.
  • Recommended minimum age is five years
  • No admission for children under three years of age
  • Shows run from November to January
  • Duration approx. 2 hours incl. 20 minute intermission.