Berlin Theater & Cabaret

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Sally Bowles is probably the most famous expat in Berlin. The fictional English woman, the “Leb wohl Berlin,” made infamous by Liza Minnelli’s portrayal in the film version of “Cabaret.” Based on the novel ‘Goodbye To Berlin’ by Christopher Isherwood and John van Druten’s ‘I am a Camera’, with music and lyrics by  John Kander & Fred Ebb – Cabaret’s depiction of Berlin life in early 1930’s.

Berlin Theater & Cabaret

Courtesy of Cabaret Berlin (Photo: Jan Wirdeier)


  • Bar jeder VernunftThe Spiegeltent is the stage for the créme de la créme of intelligent cabaret acts ranging from chanson to comedy. Berlin’s Geschwister Pfister have grown up with the Spiegeltent, Meret Becker had her singing début here, Michael Mittermeier enjoyed his first successes outside of Bavaria at the BAR and Georgette Dee is our regular diva, so to say. Otto Sander reads the works of Ringelnatz and Désirée Nick quotes Nick, Malediva quarrel and make up, Eckart von Hirschhausen and Hellmuth Karasek make us laugh, Rainald Grebe sings about Brandenburg and René Marik’s puppets entertain!
  • Berliner Ensemble – The Berliner Ensemble (formerly the Theater am Schiffbauerdamm), founded by Bertolt Brecht, is one of the city’s most renowned theaters.
  • Berliner Kabarett Anstalt (BKA) – A plushy intimate theater high above the roofs of Kreuzberg: The theater offers programs for 25 years in Berlin from cabaret to comedy, chanson and concerts to contemporary music.
  • Berliner Kinder Theater – Family theater for all ages – Summer 2013 Pippi Longstocking.
  • Berliner Kriminal Theater – The Berliner Kriminal Theater is a theater of a special kind, it guarantees his performances crackling tension and offers viewers exciting entertainment. Whether or poison sling, gun or knife, a murder is always so. Who is the culprit? Every crime has a motive, but not every criminal an alibi.
  • CHAMÄLEON Theater Berlin – Located in the trendy quarter of Berlin-Mitte, the Hackesche Höfe are Germany’s largest enclosed courtyard area and one of Berlin’s main attractions. Designed in 1906 by architect August Endell, the complex, with its staggered courtyards and prominent art-historical facades, exudes the typical Berlin flair of Wilhelminian architecture. The Chamaeleon (music theatre and variety show) thrives in the midst of the historic Hackesche Höfe, gracing Berlin with yet another cultural attraction, and presents innovative artistic entertainment with a contemporary sound. The former ballroom was lovingly restored in 2004/2005 and thanks to its diverse Art Nouveau decorations and wonderful ambiance, is at once one of Berlin’s most beautiful and most modern theatre facilities.
  • Deutsches Theater in Berlin is a theatrical institution with a permanent and highly-acclaimed ensemble. Behind its classical façade, the Deutsches Theater building on Schumannstraße is home to three stages: the main stage, built in 1850, with its intimate auditorium that seats 600; the »Kammerspiele«, established by Max Reinhardt in 1906 for modern drama, which holds some 230 spectators; and the Box, a compact black box located in the Kammerspiele foyer, which opened in 2006.  With seating for 80, it’s the venue for theatre that is up-close and personal, featuring new scripts and topical themes. The Deutsches Theater repertoire comprises some 50 productions. Each season the DT celebrates some 30 premieres — around twelve on the main stage and eight in the Kammerspiele.
  • English Theatre Berlin (formerly Friends of Italian Opera) – Berlin´s English-language theatre.
  • Friedrichstadtpalast – Las Vegas in Berlin.  Europe’s Show Palace with the biggest theater stage in the world.
  • Grips Theater – one of the most famous (children’s) theatres in the world.
  • Hebbel Theater – Theater, dance, performances, lectures, concerts, parties, festivals, themed weekends.
  • Maxim Gorki Theater – The Maxim Gorki Theatre is located at Berlin’s center, next to “Unter den Linden”, beside the Humboldt University, and the just behind the “Neuen Wache.” The neo-classical frontage reflects its former use as Singing Academy. The theatre itself can seat up to 420, whilst the Gorki Studio provides about 100 seats. Since 2006/2007, writer and director Armin Petras has been the artistic director of the MGT. During this time, contemporary productions of classical dramatic art and plays from the period of classic modernity in the 19th and 20th century, as well as typical Berlin and Brandenburg themes define the program of the smallest playhouse in the heart of Germany´s capital.
  • Parkaue TheaterYoung Staatstheater Berlin, with about 90 employees, including 17 ensemble actor, the largest state theater for young people in Germany. Since its inception in 1950, nearly eight million people have visited the house in over 500 performances. The game is played on three stages along with about 600 seats. With 13 firsts and 30 repertoire pieces can learn how theater can be varied and sensual here.
  • Puppen Theater Berlin – Puppet Theater – for children from 2-5 years.
  • Renaissance Theater – International award-winning authors, whose works capture of New York, London, Paris or Amsterdam from the stages of the world, trust the Renaissance Theatre to premiere their works in German language. Here is their songs – played by prominent actors and led to the work of a committed sentient Director – met with the appreciation that they deserve as a dramatist. The time frame for this is the only completely preserved Art Deco theater in Europe.
  • Sally Bowles – Cabaret Bar & Cafe. (Schöneberg) Sally Bowles is probably the most famous expat Berlin. The fictional English woman, the “well-Berlin Leb” made uncertain the stages in Christopher Isherwood’s novel, earned with their embodiment by Liza Minelli in the movie musical “Cabaret” world fame. And to this cult figure recalls the Café / Bar forth not only by name. The “Sally Bowles” in the gay neighborhood in Schöneberg is the day a rather quiet café where a lunch is offered with German cuisine. Late evening, the outward rather inconspicuous location is transformed into a bar with live music. The city famous cocktail creations will geswingt and jazzing, as if there were a time tunnel into the wild Berlin in the early 1930s.
  • Schaubuehne am Lehniner Platz – Founded on the 21st of September, 1962 by a group of young theater enthusiasts, as a private theater with a political and socially committed agenda, we have been performing for nearly five decades in Berlin and throughout the world.
  • Shakespeare Company Berlin – Modern, comedic and musical spectacle for adults and children, young and old. Powerful, lively folk theater in the spirit of the great William Shakespeare!
  • Stage Theater des Westens – Located in the vibrant city center of Berlin, you will find the traditional Stage Theatre of the West, which indisputably one of the finest and most prestigious theaters throughout Germany. The elegant and sophisticated lobby is the magnificent card of the company. In Stage Theatre of the West you will experience with every event a special event about which your employees, business partners and customers will talk about for a long time.
  • Theater Gemeinde Berlin – a monthly schedule for theater, opera, concerts, ballet, cabaret, musicals, variety shows and other events.
  • Theater und Komödie am Kurfürstendamm – The Schedule provides comedies, boulevard plays, shows, concerts, musicals, recitals: Classic and Modern, serious and funny – always star-studded, always on the pulse.
  • TIPI AM KANZLERAMT – Right next to the Chancellor’s office, only a stone’s throw away from Berlin’s political circus, there is a tent, the operators of which have made it their job to do everything in their power to amuse, amaze and every now and again beguile their audience. The TIPI AM KANZLERAMT, a marquee theatre with its impressive four supporting masts, is regarded as one of Berlin’s most exceptional event locations. Whether chanson, cabaret, variety, dance, daring artistry, musical comedy or magic – not only our visitors’ eyes and ears are delighted while here, but also their palate, as our own inhouse catering service serves high-quality and tasty cuisine.
  • Volksbühne -The Volksbühne (“People’s Theatre”) is a theater in Berlin, Germany. Located in Berlin’s city center Mitte on Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz (Rosa Luxemburg Square) in what was the GDR’s capital. Directed by Frank Castorf since 1992, the theater was named the most exciting stage in Germany („aufregendste Bühne Deutschlands“), attracting much press attention and establishing a reputation as one of the most provocative and experimental major theaters in contemporary Germany.
  • Wintergarten – International Variety Shows.


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