Producer
Director
Matthias Schmidt
Editor
Genre
Culture
Broadcaster
ZDFtheaterkanal / 3sat / ZDFdokukanal
Length
1 x 30'
Format
Digital Betacam
Year
2005
Theatrescapes
Hans-Otto-Theater Potsdam

"It is then the first time since Friedrich Wilhelm II that a theatre building has not only been planned in Potsdam, but also implemented and carried through." (Artistic Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg on the occasion of the topping-out ceremony 10.9.2004)

The shell of the building on the shore of Tiefen See in Potsdam is reminiscent of the world-famous Sydney Opera House. In times when theatres are being closed or converted into musical stages, the Hans Otto Theatre in Potsdam is getting a new home. And it desperately needs one. For decades, the ensemble of the Hans-Otto-Theatre had been performing in sometimes adventurous provisional arrangements. The venerable theatre was destroyed by bombs during the Second World War. Until the opening of the new theatre in September 2006, performances took place in the replacement venue called "Blechbüchse".

Artistic director Uwe Eric Laufenberg and his ensemble show the city where theatre can be performed: in the Sanssouci Orangery, in churches, in old halls, palaces and villas. Esther Schweins presents the eventful history of the Hans-Otto-Theatre, the former mayor of Potsdam and current prime minister of Brandenburg Matthias Platzeck reports on the controversial decision in favour of the new theatre building and the actress Carmen-Maja Antoni tells how the Potsdam theatre was the springboard of her career.

Theatrescapes: Hans-Otto-Theater Potsdam

"It is then the first time since Friedrich Wilhelm II that a theatre building has not only been planned in Potsdam, but also implemented and carried through." (Artistic Director Uwe Eric Laufenberg on the occasion of the topping-out ceremony 10.9.2004)

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