International, contemporary dramas and critical examinations of current topics make the Renaissance-Theater so exciting.
The only fully preserved art deco theatre in Europe sits in the heart of Berlin-Charlottenburg. This institution, directed by Guntbert Warns, focuses on international, contemporary dramas with premieres and debuts from award-winning authors, as well as relevant works from the Renaissance with a modern touch.
The theatre also prioritises musical productions and pieces relevant to Berlin. Equally critical and entertaining, our theatre analyses current social developments.
In our unique “jewel of theatre architecture”, readings and other literary and musical events are regularly presented in the Bruckner Foyer (designed as an art deco salon). Productions at the Renaissance-Theater are highly regarded in the German-speaking world outside of Berlin as well due to the extensive use of guest performances.
History of the Renaissance-Theater
The Renaissance-Theater opened in 1922 with Gotthold Ephraim Lessing’s Miss Sara Sampson. The first director was Austrian author Theodor Tagger, who became one of the most successful dramatists of the Weimar Republic under the pseudonym Ferdinand Bruckner. During the National Socialist period the theatre had to close, but was able to reopen shortly after the war ended.
With a combination of literary quality and entertainment, the theatre was able to continue establishing itself as an actors’ theatre. Famous actors like Helene Weigel, Otto Sander, Curt Goetz, and many others performed on its stage.
Architecture of the Renaissance-Theater
The interior furnishings of the theatre – which is now protected as a monument – were renovated in the art deco style of the 1920s, with rococo and expressionist elements, by renowned architect Oskar Kaufmann.
Along with the cladding of reddish tulipwood and the decorative variety of shapes, a large inlaid mural with motifs from the commedia dell’arte in the house is particularly prevalent. Take a look at this jewel of theatre architecture with your own eyes.
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