The Komödie am Kurfürstendamm im Schiller Theater is situated on Berlin’s most famous boulevard and present sophisticated, entertaining and topical theatre.
The programme includes comedies, boulevard plays, shows, concerts, musicals and readings. Classical and modern, serious and hilarious – and always with an all-star cast.
Productions since the 1920s
The two venerable theatres have a varied history going back more than 90 years. Founded in 1924 by Max Reinhardt, they have been run by the Woelffer family ever since 1950. In those 90 years they have been through crises, been expropriated, even destroyed, and then finally rebuilt. The various directors have always been committed to the comedy genre – even if serious plays have sometimes been on the programme.
“For us, comedy has many facets. It’s a pleasure when we succeed in dusting off the classics. At the same time, we always look forward to premièring contemporary pieces. And we’re also proud that many British, French, American and Italian comedies have had their German premières at our theatre,” says the former director Jürgen Wölffer, who handed over the reins of the Ku’damm theatres in summer 2004 to his son Martin. He has carefully modernised the schedule and gained new audiences with plays like The Man Cave, Who’s Afraid Of Virginia Woolf?, As You Like It and The 39 Steps.
Now in the Schiller Theater
With the demolition of the house on Kurfürstendamm, the theatre moves into the transitional quarter of the Schiller Theater and begins a new chapter in the long history of the house.
Host Katharina Thalbach and Thomas Quasthoff promise a homage to Manfred Krug for the evening. For this they invited the singer Uschi Brüning, about which the author Ulrich Plenzdorf had his protagonist Edgar Wibeau say in the novel "The Sorrows of the Young W": "When the woman started, I always broke down.