Producer
Director
Matthias Schmidt
Editor
Genre
Culture
Broadcaster
ZDFtheaterkanal / 3sat / ZDFdokukanal
Length
1 x 30'
Format
Digital Betacam
Year
2006
Theatrescapes
Schauspiel Leipzig

"I praise my Leipzig!" - Goethe exclaims and gives the city the name "Little Paris". His Mephisto lures Faust into the bustle of life in the "Auerbachs Keller" inn. Today, the lively Bach city is considered the boomtown of the East.

Leipzig's first municipal theatre opens in 1766, but Caroline Neuber arrives in Leipzig with her company of actors as early as 1727 and, together with literature professor Johann Christoph Gottsched, reforms the theatre by driving the Hanswurst with his jokes off the stage.

Esther Schweins introduces Schauspiel Leipzig, which in GDR times was the largest stage company outside Las Vegas with more than 1500 employees. Archival footage of performances and guest appearances provide insight into the history of the theatre and its city. Ex-Thoman Tobias Künzel, now a member of the band "Die Prinzen", talks about the Monday demonstrations, the Wende period and the impact on the theatre.

Theatrescapes: Schauspiel Leipzig

"I praise my Leipzig!" - Goethe exclaims and gives the city the name "Little Paris". His Mephisto lures Faust into the bustle of life in the "Auerbachs Keller" inn. Today, the lively Bach city is considered the boomtown of the East.

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