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Ernst Deutsch Theatre

  • Ernst Deutsch Theater © Oliver Fantitsch
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    The Ernst Deutsch Theatre in Hamburg is Germany’s largest private theatre. Founded in 1951 by Friedrich Schütter and Wolfgang Borchert as ‘Das Junge Theater’ (the Young Theatre), it was renamed the ‘Ernst Deutsch Theatre’ in 1973 to mark the fourth anniversary of Ernst Deutsch’s death.  

    Ernst Deutsch, the most significant German actor of Jewish heritage, fled Germany in 1933. After he returned from the USA, his personality and excellent command of the dramatic arts had a strong influence on post-war theatre in Germany.  

    A suitable and fully-functioning stage was soon developed at the UFA Palast cinema’s traditional location. The theatre hall, modernised in 2002, contains seating for 744 spectators. In addition, the foyer can be set up as a studio stage with space for 80 guests, perfect for literary and musical performances.  In 2008, an additional venue was opened for the youth theatre with a platform stage and seats for 100 theatregoers. 

    The theatre’s own workshops, where costumes and scenery are prepared, are located in a separate complex alongside the rehearsal stage. The Ernst Deutsch Theatre has approx. 120 employees. More than 200,000 spectators can enjoy 400 performances per season across the three locations.

    (Kopie 4)

    General information

     

    • A designated parking space for people with disabilities can be found in the street Birkenau.
    • The main entrance and the box office are located on Friedrich-Schütter-Platz.
    • There is no floor-based tactile guidance system in place in the indoor or outdoor areas.
    • The entrance area is visually different to the rest of the surroundings and tactilely detectable.
    • There are glass doors which are not labelled with any safety markings.
    • Stairs lead from the main entrance (upper foyer) to the lower foyer. The cloakroom, bar/gastronomy area, disabled toilet and access to the stalls are located here.
    • The steps have many contrasting edges.
    • The ticket, cloakroom and bar counters are well lit with no glare.
    • In the rooms and corridors there are, for the most part, no obstacles, i.e.: objects jutting out into the area.
    • The wall for entering the stall area may be used as an orientation aid. The walkway is visually distinguishable.
    • The main connecting walkways on the ground are visually distinct.
    • The signage is in a clear, legible font.
    • Information is not provided in Braille or embossed lettering.
    • The lettering used for the bar’s menu is plain and in high-contrast. 
    • No menus are provided in large lettering.

    Services

     

    • Transmission technology is offered in the theatre hall with the Sennheiser MobileConnect streaming technology. This is possible via the free MobileConnect app which can either be used on the user's smart phone or a device can be borrowed from the theatre. Audio descriptions for selected events can be accessed via this system.
    • Guide dogs are allowed on the premises subject to prior reservation.
    • Opera glasses can be borrowed in return for a refundable deposit.
    • Information for people with hearing impairments and deaf people can be found on the website: www.miniatur-wunderland.de/besuch/service/barrierefreiheit

    Information for wheelchair users or people with impaired mobility

    General information

     

    • Designated parking spaces for people with disabilities are located directly in the street Birkenau.
    • The main entrance and the box office are located on Friedrich-Schütter-Platz. Stairs lead from the main entrance (upper foyer) to the lower foyer.
    • Wheelchair users can use the accessible side entrance (access via the street Birkenau). This entrance takes guests directly to the lower foyer.
    • The cloakroom, bar/gastronomy area, disabled toilet and access to the stalls are located in the lower foyer.
    • Guest rooms and facilities can be accessed without the use of steps via the side entrance.
    • There are tables with good clearance levels underneath in the bar.
    • The passage width of the walkway to access the wheelchair places in the stalls in the hall is 80 cm.

     

    Disabled toilet

     

    • The movement area to the left of the toilet is 103 cm x 55 cm and 95 cm x 55 cm to the right.
    • Fold-up hand rails are located on either side of the toilet.
    • The hand basin is accessible without restrictions and the mirror can be used in either a sitting or standing position.
    • There is an alarm contact.

     

    Services

    • The theatre has two places for wheelchairs (at the sides in rows two and three at the stall entrance on the right).
    • It is also possible to remove a seat from the first row to create space for an electric wheelchair.
    • If places for wheelchairs or electric wheelchairs are required they should be announced at the time of purchasing tickets.
    • Information for wheelchair users can be found on the theatre website: www.ernst-deutsch-theater.de/service/barrierefreiheit/ 

    General information

     

    • Designated parking spaces for people with disabilities can be found in the street Birkenau.
    • The main entrance and the box office are located on Friedrich-Schütter-Platz.
    • Stairs lead from the main entrance (upper foyer) to the lower foyer. The cloakroom, bar/gastronomy area, disabled toilet and access to the stalls are located here.
    • The ticket, cloakroom and bar counters are well lit with no glare.
    • At the bar in the foyer there are tables which are well lit with no glare and tables with no standing or hanging lamps that might disrupt the field of vision/eye contact.

    Services

    • As part of the ‘TheaterPlus’ service, performances are regularly offered with simultaneous translations by sign language interpreters.
    • Hearing aids are available to borrow (the service is free of charge).
    • Personal hearing support is offered in the theatre hall with the Sennheiser MobileConnect streaming technology. This is possible via the free MobileConnect app which can either be used on the user's smart phone or a device can be borrowed from the theatre.
    • Information for people with hearing impairments and deaf people can be found on the website in addition to a film in sign language: www.ernst-deutsch-theater.de/service/barrierefreiheit/

    Contact and advice

    Ernst Deutsch Theater

    Friedrich-Schütter-Platz1

    22087 Hamburg

    040 - 2270 1420

    www.ernst-deutsch-theater.de