Producer
Director
Wolfgang Groh
Editor
Genre
Culture
Broadcaster
ZDFtheaterkanal / 3sat / ZDFdokukanal / arte
Length
1 x 30'
Format
Digital Betacam
Year
2003
Theatrescapes
Münchner Kammerspiele

Located in the heart of Munich's city centre, the Art Nouveau theatre offers its audience a wide range of productions, from classical to world premieres.

With a newly assembled ensemble, the artistic director and his team of dramaturges search for a political confrontation with the present in classical texts and in works by a new generation of authors, thus understanding theatre as a place of social self-assurance.

The Munich Kammerspiele was founded in 1911 as a private theatre and began its work one year later in the Munich Lustspielhaus on Augustenstraße. In the 1920s, the Kammerspiele was considered the most important stage outside of Berlin, where greats such as Heinz Rühmann and Bertholt Brecht became involved. Under the directorship of Otto Falckberg, who was in office from 1917 to 1944, the theatre moved to the newly renovated Schauspielhaus in Maximilianstraße in 1926. The Art Nouveau building, designed by Richard Riemerschmid in 1901, with its intimate auditorium despite its 720 seats, created a great closeness between actors and audience and has remained the home of the Munich Kammerspiele to this day.

The period after 1945 was marked by the artistic directors Erich Engel, Hans Schweikart, August Everding, Hans-Reichard Müller and the 25-year tenure of Dieter Dorn. His work and the top-class ensemble of actors made the Kammerspiele one of the most important theatres in the Federal Republic. In 1971, the Schauspielhaus was thoroughly renovated for the first time under the direction of Reinhard Riemerschid. In the process, parts of the audience areas were redesigned using Art Nouveau elements.
Since the last performance in the Schauspielhaus on 31 December 1999, the Kammerspiele had been closed for renovation work. While preserving the listed building stock, the partly dilapidated building fabric was thoroughly overhauled, and the theatre's outdated stage technology and infrastructure were renewed. Since the reopening on 29 March 2003, artistic director Frank Baumbauer has wanted to lead the theatre to new artistic shores after the end of the long, successful era under Dieter Dorn.

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