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Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz

Theatre Charlottenburg
The exterior of Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz theatre in Berlin
Photograph: Wikimedia Commons / Franziska Lantermann

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Germany is the world capital of avant-garde theatre, and the most renowned of its many, many lavishly state-funded theatres is the striking Schaübuhne am Lehniner Platz. A former cinema – built in 1928 in a Bauhaus style – it became home to the radical Schaübuhne ensemble in the late ’70s and has been run since 1999 by influential director Thomas Ostermeier. The Schaübuhne plays host to first-rate leftfield names from Germany and beyond – Switzerland’s Milo Rau and Britain’s Katie Mitchell are notable regulars. As with most German theatres, it operates a rep system, with productions from years back frequently popping back into circulation – Ostermeier’s gloriously anarchic 2008 ‘Hamlet’ is a regularly-revived oldie well worth catching. Performances are mostly in German, but every month a solid smattering are surtitled in English or French.


Address: Kurfürstendamm 153

Transport: U7 Adenauerplatz or S5, S7, S9, S75 Charlottenburg
Price: Tickets €6-€38; €8 reductions
Opening hours: Box office 11am-start of performce Mon-Sat; 3pm-start of performance Sun
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