Producer
Director
Andrzej Klamt
Editor
Genre
Culture
Broadcaster
ZDFtheaterkanal / 3sat / ZDFdokukanal
Length
1 x 30'
Format
Digital Betacam
Year
2006
Theatrescapes
Staatstheater Darmstadt

The Darmstadt State Theatre grows into the sky like a monumental theatre tower.

When it opened in 1972, the concrete building was considered one of the most modern and largest new theatre buildings in the republic. Esther Schweins visits the three-division house in the science city of Darmstadt, meets artistic director John Dew and introduces the history of the house. The former residence of the Grand Duchy of Hesse-Darmstadt has a long history of opera and drama. As early as 1711, the first opera was performed in a riding hall that had been prepared for the purpose.

Archive footage, e.g. with Günter Strack in Ernst Elias Niebergall's local farce "Der Datterich" in Darmstadt dialect, interviews with former theatre critic Günther Rühle, ex-director Günther Beelitz and Georg Büchner Prize winner Wilhelm Genazino provide insights into the history of the theatre and the city of Darmstadt. They also explain what the "Darmstadt style" is and why, in the 1950s, the then Landestheater with its drama was one of the leading stages in the country for ten years.

Theatrescapes: Staatstheater Darmstadt

The Darmstadt State Theatre grows into the sky like a monumental theatre tower.

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