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Cuvilliés-Theater

Cuvilliés-Theater

The much admired old Residenz theater - Europe's most beautiful rococo theater - was built between 1751 and 1753 by master builder Francois Cuvilliés, on the orders of Electoral Prince Max III. Joseph. It was completely destroyed during the war. The interior furnishings were saved however, as they had been put into storage. The new Residenz Theater was built on the surviving foundations in 1951. The Cuvillés Theater was rebuilt in all its glory in the Apothekentrakt of the Residenz. Its repertoire includes predominantly operas and ballets.

Contact

Phone: 089 218 501


Deutsches Theater

Deutsches Theater

The neo-baroque amusement hall "Feenpalast" was built in the late 19th century and opened as a playhouse in 1896. Throughout its turbulent history, it has not only hosted famous artists, such as the German comedian Karl Valentin, Josephine Baker, or the New York Tiller-Girls, it was also temporarily the home of the Parlament of the Bavarian soviet republic between the wars. After its destruction in the World War II, the theater reopened in 1951 and delighted the audiences with stars such as Zara Leander and Marika Rökk. In 1961, musicals such as "West Side Story" and "My Fair Lady" took over. The broad repertoire of operettas, dance theater, shows, entertainment, musicals, and comedy provides good entertainment. The Deutsche Theater seats 1600, but does not have its own ensemble, making it the largest theater for touring shows in Germany. At the end of theater season, the Deutsches Theater transforms into a ballroom, in which glittering parties, grandiose masked balls, and exclusive charity events take place - the highlights of Munich's social calendar.

Contact

Phone: 089 552 344 44
Website: www.deutsches-theater.de


Drehleier

Drehleier

The Theater Drehleier has been part of Munich's cultural scene for over thirty years. Neither the cozy atmosphere nor the diverse program have lost appeal over the years. Revues, political satire, chansons, and dance shows are all presented on the stage of this cabaret. Food and drinks are also served. The warm buttered pretzels are an especially popular snack.

Contact

Phone: 089 482 742
Website: www.theater-drehleier.de


Fastfood-Theater

Fastfood-Theater

This ensemble impresses fans of improvisational theater, both on tour and in Munich. The team of actors and musicians have been making the audience laugh with comedy, cabarett, sitcom, theater sport, or one-man Shakespeare productions for over eleven years.

Contact

Phone: 089 260 263 74
Website: www.fastfood-theater.de


Gasteig

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Gasteig

Gasteig

The first plans for a new public education center were conceived of in 1955, after Munich's most important cultural centers had been destroyed. The project was to be realized on the banks of the river Isar, on the grounds of the former Gasteig-Spital. In the beginning of the 1970's, an ideas competition was announced. The winning concept was implemented with some restrictions, due to economic reasons. The Gasteig's grand opening took place in 1985. It now houses the Munich Philharmonic, the Richard-Strauß-Conservatory, the Municipal Library, and the Volkshochschule. The wide array of function rooms, such as the großer Konzertsaal (large concert hall), kleiner Konzertsall (small concert hall), the Carl-Orff-Saal, and the Black Box provides plenty of room for all kinds of events and performances. Classical and modern concerts, theater, lectures, readings, music festivals, and dance theater are all put on stage here. The Gasteig also hosts a variety of events, such as the Munich Book Fair, the Film Festival, and the Jewish Culture Days. Its open architecture, diverse events and institutions, as well as the building's multi-use concept makes the Gasteig the most important cultural center in Munich.

Contact

Phone: 089 480 980
Website: www.gasteig.de


GOP Varieté-Theater München

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GOP Varieté-Theater

GOP Varieté-Theater München

Since September 2008, the international elite of vaudeville gathers in the completely redesigned rooms of the "Kleine Komödie" (small comedy), at the Max II historical monument. The artistic diversity of the GOP Vaudeville-theater Munich is created by the constantly changing mix of different genres: acrobatics, juggling, magic, and comedy combine into a dazzling story. The guests are right in the middle of it and close to the action. In the restaurant "Leander", as well as in the theater hall, guests can enjoy some delicious treats. Upper class cuisine with fresh regional ingredients, and selected wines are served in a classy ambience. For night owls, the bar in the atmospheric lounge stays open even long after the show is over.

Contact

Phone: 089 210 288 444
Website: www.variete.de


Komödie im Bayerischen Hof

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Komödie im Bayerischen Hof

Komödie im Bayerischen Hof

This is the only theater of its size in Germany that is located in a luxury hotel. The hotel hostet cultural events as early as 1886 and the auditorium, comissioned by the hotel owner, Falk Volkhart, was opened in 1961. Guests can enjoy musical plays and comedies from classical to modern times, in an elegant atmosphere. Celebrities, such as Hans Clarin, Heiner Lauterbach, or Jutta Speidel can be seen on stage in the theater. Please note that the shows are in German only.

Contact

Phone: 089 291 605 30
Website: www.komoedie-muenchen.de


Münchner Kammerspiele

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Münchner Kammerspiele

Münchner Kammerspiele

Germany's only Art Nouveau theater was built in 1900 by Littmann and developed further by Riemerschmid. The Kammerspiele are traditionally avant-garde, making sure that content and aesthetics don't fall prey to appearances and superficiality. The repertoire consists of classical plays and modern productions. Please note that the shows are in German only.

Contact

Phone: 089 233 371 00
Website: www.muenchner-kammerspiele.de


Münchner Lach- und Schießgesellschaft

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Münchner Lach- und Schiessgesellschaft

Münchner Lach- und Schießgesellschaft

Sammy Drechsel, Dieter Hildebrandt and their legendary ensemble have presented first class cabaret here since 1956. Nowadays, the lengendary stage hosts established cabaret artists, as well as newcomers who make the audience laugh and reflect with musical cabaret, political cabaret, and stand-up comedy. This theater offers only German shows.

Contact

Phone: 089 396 129
Website: www.lachundschiess.de


Münchner Marionettentheater

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Marionetten Theater

Münchner Marionettentheater

In 1858 Joseph Schmidt, alias "Papa Schmidt", founded Europe's first puppet theater, which was designed to look like a little palace. In the afternoon, fairy tales and "Punch and Judy"-like shows (Kasperl) are put on for children. In the evening, famous operas are performed for adults. Attention to detail and high artistic quality make a visit to this theater a very special experience for both old and young.

Contact

Phone: 089 265 712
Website: www.muenchner-marionettentheater.de


Münchner Sommertheater im Englischen Garten

Münchner Sommertheater im Englischen Garten

On warm summer evenings, this independent theater group presents classic plays in a tree-lined amphitheater. The performance begins at dusk. In bad weather the performance is moved to a large old silo known as the Mohr Villa. A new play is produced each year. Approximately 8,000 spectators enjoy this cultural event each season. Please note that this theater offers German plays only.

Contact

Phone: 089 989 388
Website: www.muenchner-sommertheater.de


Münchner Volkstheater

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Münchner Volkstheater

Münchner Volkstheater

Despite its name, the theater, which was opened in 1983, does not show Bavarian folk plays in the local dialect. Instead, its sophisticated repertoire consists of original productions of classic and contemporary plays from international authors. The dramas, comedies, operas, revues, and extravaganzas have been enthusing audiences for years. The theater also shows plays written by younger and lesser-known artists. The Volkstheater has its own ensemble, but sometimes guests will take the stage, as well. Patrick Süßkind's "The Double Bass" is just one of the many tried and true Volkstheater-favorites. Pleas note that this theater offers German shows only.

Contact

Phone: 089 523 550
Website: www.muenchner-volkstheater.de


Nationaltheater (Bayerische Staatsoper)

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Bayrisches National Theater

Nationaltheater (Bayerische Staatsoper)

The theater was built by Karl von Fischer, on the orders of King Max I. Joseph, and opened in 1818. After a fire in 1823, it was rebuilt by Leo von Klenze and reopened in 1825. It was almost entirely destroyed during World War II, leaving it under reconstruction until 1963. Today, the monumental, neo-classical building with its magnificent interior, and one of the world's biggest stages, shines in renewed splendour. It houses one of the most well-established opera ensembles in the world. In addition to opera, its repertoire includes classical and modern ballet, as well as classical concerts. During the Opera Festival in the summer, the Nationaltheater becomes the life and soul of Munich's cultural life.

Contact

Phone: 089 218 501
Website: www.staatstheater.bayern.de


Prinzregententheater

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Prinzregententheater

Prinzregententheater

The theater was built in 1901, as a festival hall for the operas of Richard Wagner. It lived through a golden era, especially after World War II, until it was closed in 1963, due to deterioration. Thanks to many private donations, the auditorium, and later the picturesque Gartensaal (garden hall) and stage area, underwent extensive renovation. The repertoire consists predominantly of baroque and modern classical works. Since 1993, the theater has been housing the Bavarian Theatre Academy. It also serves as a venue for a variety of events, such as the Prinzregentenball. The adjoining Café Prinzipal is also worth a visit.

Contact

Phone: 089 218 502
Website: www.prinzregententheater.de


Residenztheater

Residenztheater

The new Residenztheater was built on the grounds of its predecessor (which was destroyed during World War II) and reopened in 1951. The original rococo-style interior was spared from the war's destruction and reinstalled in the neighboring Cuvilliés-Theater. At the end of the 1980's, the theater underwent extensive renovations once again. It was also equipped with state of the art lighting- and stage technology. The Bavarian Staatsschauspiel, as well as guest ensembles perform old and modern classics. The repertoire includes Bavarian yodeling perfomances, in addition to more traditional plays by Euripides, Goethe, or Handke. Please note that this theater only offers shows in German.

Contact

Phone: 089 218 519 40
Website: www.bayerischesstaatsschauspiel.de


Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz

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Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz

Staatstheater am Gärtnerplatz

Munich's "other opera house" was founded in 1865, as a people's theater, to provide an alternative to the repetitious productions of the court theater. From the beginning, the repertoire included mostly operettas and lyrical drama in German. Nowadays it also includes operas, ballets, touring shows, and modern musical works, recently concerts of chamber music in the foyer have become a regular part of the programme, as well. Franz Michael Reiffenstuel's classical style building was barely damaged during the war and was extended in 1978. The theater has approx. 200.000 visitors and over 300 performances per season and is very much a part of Munich's social life.

Contact

Phone: 089 202 411
Website: www.staatstheater-am-gaertnerplatz.de


Theater für Kinder

Theater für Kinder

This theater produces plays for children over the age of four. The repertoire includes Grimm's Fairy Tales and Mozart's Magic Flute, as well as more modern plays such as "Oh, wie schön ist Panama" by Janosch, "Die kleine Hexe" and "Peterchens Mondfahrt". In the café, there is a small stage with costumes and props, which the children can use during intermission to practice their acting skills. This theater only offers plays in German.

Contact

Phone: 089 595 454
Website: www.kindertheater-muenchen.de