Bonn (also known as the Stadttheater Bonn) is the municipal
theatre of Bonn, North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany. It is an
organization that produces operas, musicals, ballets, plays, and
concerts. It operates several performance venues throughout the town:
Bonn Opera (de) for music theatre, the Kammerspiele Bad
Godesberg (de) and Halle Beuel (de) for plays, and the
Choreographisches Theater for ballet and dance.
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Kammerspiele, one of the venues for plays
The history of theatre in
Bonn dates back to the time of the electors.
End of the 17th century, a court theatre was established at the
Electoral Palace, where French and Italian troupes played. In the 18th
century, an amateur theatre was established for German plays
(Nationaltheater), directed by Gustav Friedrich Großmann (de)
from 1778 to 1784, who staged the premiere of Schiller's Die
Verschwörung des Fiesko zu Genua on 20 July 1783. The new French
government destroyed the court theatre in 1797.
In 1826, citizens built their own play house. A new building was
opened in 1848, marked by Beethoven's overture Die Weihe des Hauses
(The Consecration of the House). The house became the municipal
theatre in 1859, with performances by the Cologne theatre.
the history of its responsibility for the theatre back to that
Bonn theatre operated with its own ensemble for plays
from 1902, for opera from 1935. The theatre was destroyed by
World War II
World War II in July 1943.
After World War II, temporary venues for theatre were a university
hall, a gymnasium, a cinema, and the Prachtbau of the Bonner
Bürgerverein (de), completed in 1909. In 1965, a new
theatre was opened on the Rhine which serves as today's opera
Intendant Karl Pempelfort (de) focused on works by
William Shakespeare, continued by his successor Hans-Joachim
Heyse (de) (1970–1981).
Intendant Claude Riber invited
international singers to perform opera, while plays focused on
Austrian contemporary drama, initiated by Peter
Plays are performed in three venues: the Kammerspiele Bad
Godesberg (de), the Halle Beuel (de), and the Werkstatt
(workshop) in the opera house. Venues for experimental theatre and
children's theatre are the Alter Malersaal and the Beuel area.
Manfred Beilharz (de), Generalintendant from 1997 for eleven
years, organized from 1992 with the dramatist
Tankred Dorst a
biennial festival for European contemporary theatre, Festival Bonner
Biennale – Neue Stücke aus Europa. From 2013, Bernhard
Helmich (de) has been Generalintendant. The Theater Bonn
collaborates with the festival Beethovenfest.
Manfred Brauneck (de), Gérard Schneilin (ed.): Theaterlexikon 1.
Begriffe und Epochen, Bühnen und Ensembles. Rowohlts Enzyklopädie im
Rowohlt Taschenbuch Verlag, Reinbek bei Hamburg 1986, 5th edition,
2007, ISBN 978 3 499 55673 9.
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