The Stage Theater des Westens on Kantstraße in the heart of City West is a top venue for musicals. Great shows not to be missed!
Berlin’s renowned stage for musicals can be found on bustling Kantstraße just a few steps from the Zoologischer Garten station. Opened in 1896, this magnificent Wilhelminian building boasts a long and rich stage tradition matched by few other theatres in Germany. Since 2003, the Theater des Westens has been hosting a mix of German-language versions of international smash-hit musicals from We will rock you to Mamma Mia as well as such home-grown classics as the Udo Jürgens’ musical Ich war noch niemals in New York or a musical version of the popular movie Schuh des Manitu.
120 years of stage history
The theatre first opened its doors in 1896 with a production of The Thousand and One Nights. By the 1920s, the focus was largely on opera and operetta. Under the Nazi regime, the theatre was renamed the Volksoper. When it was badly damaged in the air raids during the last years of the war, performances were moved to other venues. In the post-war years, the building was provisionally repaired and with the Städtische Oper Berlin’s traditional venue still unusable, the opera ensemble moved in. In 1961, the ensemble took up residence in the new and impressive Deutsche Oper in Bismarckstraße, and the theatre revitalised its tradition of focusing on musicals. It celebrated its 65th anniversary with the première of My Fair Lady in a German-language version – a massive hit which enjoyed an unbroken run of two years. In 1985, the theatre landed a similarly sensational success with the German-language première of the musical La Cage Aux Folles. Since 2003, the theatre has been managed by the Stage Entertainment production company.
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