What was the theatre in the time of Molière or Kleist like? Maybe audiences gathered in spaces with old brick walls like those found at the Pfefferberg Theater. Actors perform classic plays in this former brewery pub at the Pfefferberg dating back to 1841. Plays include Kleist's Der Zerbrochene Krug ("The Broken Jug") and Molière's Der Geizige ("The Miser"). The setting might be historic, but it's not lacking for comfort, thanks to the armchairs covered in plush, red velvet.
HexenBerg und MärchenBerg
Going back more than twenty years, the Ensemble HexenBerg und MärchenBerg now takes the stage at the Pfefferberg. In 1994, the ensemble started as the Hexenkessel Hoftheater in the rear courtyard of a squat on Schönhauser Allee. In 1999, they moved to Monbijoupark and became famous for pieces performed in the amphitheatre and fairy tale cottages there. In 2015, they finally opened their space at the Pfefferberg Theater. In the summer, they perform stage classics, while they keep up the tradition of telling fairy tales in the winter.
Every weekend the Pfefferberg Theater hosts children's theatre productions or the Ensemble des HexenBergs und MärchenBergs and the children's and family theatre Coq au Vin play for children.
History and a play
Pfefferberg Theater is a project where people with and without disabilities collaborate, both on stage and behind the scenes. VIA Schankhallen Pfefferberg gGmbH, a group of organisations for people with disabilities, operates the theatre. The highlight of the year is the Pariété Gala where well-known artists show enthusiastic audiences just how inclusive cultural production can be.
Tickets for all performances are available at the box office, by phone, or online. The website also contains the current performance schedule. The Pfefferberg Theater can be reached from the U2 station at Sennefelderplatz. An accessible entrance to the Pfefferberg is available off of Christinenstraße.
How about a Pfefferbräu to go with your Pfefferberg?
The Pfefferberg Theater complex also includes the Pfefferbräu restaurant. Perfect for a beer before or after after the show. The beers are brewed on the premises, with your choice of a Helles (lager), Dunkles (dark), or Weizen (wheat). And it tastes even better in the beer garden overlooking the historic brewery courtyard. Brunch and snacks are also on the menu. And, to keep the fun lasting even longer, you can dance to the tango in the pub hall with URQUIZA | Tango Argentino.