Producer
Director
Niels Negendank
Editor
Genre
Culture
Broadcaster
ZDFtheaterkanal / 3sat / ZDFdokukanal
Length
1 x 30'
Format
Digital Betacam
Year
2006
Theatrescapes
Deutsches Theater Berlin

Great theatrical aesthetic innovations have taken place on its stage, it is the home of entire generations of famous actors and perhaps like no other German stage, this house is a burning mirror of Germany's eventful history through the last century and a half: the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.

The Deutsches Theater was built in 1850 in the middle of Berlin's Latin Quarter, near a railway factory. In 1883, Adolph L'Arronge founded a theatre company modelled on the Comédie Française and bought the stage. The Deutsches Theater earned its reputation as the "Olympus" of all German stages at the latest under Max Reinhardt. The director, who soon became world famous, directed it from 1905 until shortly before his emigration in 1933, had the modern Kammerspiele built on the neighbouring property and gathered famous actors around him: Werner Krauss, Alexander Moissi, Gertrud Eysoldt, Tilla Durieux and Elisabeth Bergner.

Reinhardt's former assistant Heinz Hilpert managed to keep the theatre independent during the Nazi dictatorship. After the war, under the directorship of Wolfgang Langhoff, Bertolt Brecht and Helene Weigel founded their Berliner Ensemble at the Deutsches Theater. In the GDR, the Deutsches Theater was a mirror of its time. In the 1990s, the Deutsches Theater was twice named German-language "Theatre of the Year" by the critics. Bernd Wilms has been running the theatre since 2001.

Esther Schweins introduces the Deutsches Theater, shows that Max Reinhardt was already a shrewd marketing expert, and the artistic directors Thomas Langhoff, Dieter Mann and Bernd Wilms explain in conversation the special significance of the theatre through the ages. The actors Ulrich Matthes, Inge Keller and Nina Hoss have their say and numerous archive recordings give an impression of trend-setting productions.

Theatrescapes: Deutsches Theater Berlin

Great theatrical aesthetic innovations have taken place on its stage, it is the home of entire generations of famous actors and perhaps like no other German stage, this house is a burning mirror of Germany's eventful history through the last century and a half: the Deutsches Theater in Berlin.

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