With well-known actors in entertaining yet challenging productions, the Schlosspark Theater in the south of Berlin provides the finest in sophisticated boulevard theatre.
Dieter Hallervorden is best known for his silly sketches, but under his stewardship the famous old theatre in Steglitz has gained a solid reputation for entertainment of a more highbrow kind. The Schlosspark Theater has no ensemble of its own, but each year it puts on half a dozen of its own productions, as well as a series of guest productions. There won’t be bold and experimental direction, but there will be sophisticated and entertaining theatre with well-known actors.
Ever since 1921, the Schlosspark Theater has been situated in the southern suburb of Zehlendorf in an idyllic villa called the Wrangelschlösschen. After the war, it made theatrical history when Hildegard Knef made her stage debut. Samuel Beckett also produced his most successful play Waiting For Godot at the Schlosspark Theater. With the première of Max Brod’s adaptation of Kafka’s The Castle, the theatre was awarded the German Critics’ Prize in 1953.
In 1950, it became one of Berlin’s state-owned theatres and was the smallest venue of the Schiller Theater, until in the early 1990s it was first closed for refurbishment, and then returned to private ownership.
In the following years as a private theatre, the Schlosspark Theater changed artistic and commercial directors several times. Then, on the initiative of the actor and comedian Dieter Hallervorden, it was extensively rebuilt and refurbished, and ceremonially reopened in autumn 2009. Along with Ilja Richter, Hallervorden himself appeared in Katharina Thalbach’s production of Daniel Colas’s Die Socken Opus 124.
What’s on at the Schlosspark Theater
The Schlosspark Theater has now regained its status as one of the premier theatres in the city. One thing that make it special is its varied programme. The theatre’s own productions, always with a star-studded cast, run after the première in blocks of four to six performances over several months. On the stage there are popular and famous actors such as Hannelore Hoger, Peter Sattmann, Jörg Schüttauf and of course Dieter Hallervorden.
In between, there are guests appearances by big names with solo shows, readings and cabaret shows.
Information for schools
At the YAS Junges Schlosspark Theater, schoolchildren, students and apprentices perform together. The youth theatre group rediscovers classics and tackles contemporary society.
In cooperation with the LiteraturInitiative Berlin, it puts on readings for children and young people. In July and August, anyone up to 16 years of age gets in free.
Please note that all performances are in German.
Before you visit the Schlosspark Theater, why not go on a shopping trip? After all, the theatre is on one of the biggest and most popular shopping streets in Berlin. Two imposing 1970s buildings dominate the street – the Kreisel and the Bierpinsel. The Kreisel is a rather plain tower block, but the Bierpinsel with its striking architecture is one of the most unusual buildings in the whole of Berlin. Unfortunately it has been empty for some time, so you can’t enjoy a beer there, but you can get one, as well as typical Berlin food, at the Hoppegarten, a traditional old Steglitz pub.
Right next to the Schlosspark Theater you can take a trip back to the 1950s. The Adria Filmtheater looks just like it did back then – even if it does show the latest films.
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