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Fantastic productions and theatrical art in Hamburg

The “boards that mean the world” have a long and storied tradition in Hamburg, but that doesn’t mean that you can only find the classics here! As well as our famous spoken theatre, Hamburg’s theatrical calendar also features a state opera, raunchy cabaret, impressive dance performances, open-air shows and plays specifically designed for kids.

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Colorful stage life Drama & Theater

Hamburg's stage landscape includes impressive buildings such as the Ernst Deutsch Theater and Schauspielhaus, as well as smaller stages such as in the Kammerspiele.

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Hamburg's funniest places Cabaret & Comedy

Hamburgers don't go to the basement to laugh - they go to the theater, to a stand-up show, to a cabaret and and...

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From Strauss to Verdi Ballet & Opera

If you like, Hamburg offers many facets of musical stage entertainment: the more than 300-year-old State Opera, the Ballet, the Chamber Opera in Altona or the Opera Loft in the HafenCity.

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Clear the stage for the poets Poetry Slam in Hamburg

Hamburg is quite famous for poetry slams - or in German: Wettstreit der Dichter. The participants recite self-written texts and the audience decides on the winner afterwards.

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Traditional spoken theatre and world-famous dance stages

What would Hamburg be without its numerous theatres? Attend productions that tackle hard-hitting topics at larger theatres such as the Thalia Theater or the Deutsches Schauspielhaus. Or why not address the same issues accompanied by loud and liberating laughter at the Winterhuder Fährhaus comedy house or the Schmidt Theater? There’s so much more here, though… the Hamburg State Opera, for example, has been in existence as an opera house since 1678. Plus, the building at Gänsemarkt is also home to the renowned Hamburg Ballet. The Hamburg Ballet and the Kampnagel production house are both impressive examples of how cultural diversity is both possible and welcomed in Hamburg – both are dedicated to very different aspects of the medium of dance. Director John Neumeier and his ballet company has become known for their distinctive choreography. Kampnagel isn’t only a performance venue for dance productions, it’s also a place where ideas are developed and controversies dealt with.

Hamburg loves the theatre

Incidentally, Hamburg’s commitment to its cultural institutions is a longstanding tradition. Indeed, at a time when there was no state funding for culture, the institutions relied on ticket sales and public donations to stay afloat. It’s fair to say that it was the people of Hamburg and their love of the theatre, cabaret and opera that’s made today’s cultural diversity possible.

Multilingual plays and a floating stage

There’s something for everyone in Hamburg and, of course, some of our theatres are particularly representative of life in the city. Indeed, ‘Plattsnackerin’ Heidi Kabel became an icon on stage at the Ohnsorg Theatre. The English Theatre of Hamburg shows how close the locals feel to British and American culture – every season, you can view spectacular plays in the original English version. Plus, what would suit us as a port city better than a theatre on a ship? The theatre ship with its picturesque berth on Nikolaifleet is, by its own definition, Europe’s only ocean-going stage.

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Deutsches Schauspielhaus

Enjoy culture in a classical atmosphere - at the Deutsches Schauspielhaus the old masters are breathed back into life in new productions.

Deutsches Schauspielhaus
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One of the world's leading venues for opera Hamburgische Staatsoper

Visitors to Hamburg who are looking for high-class opera entertainment will be spoiled with grandiose performances in the time-honoured Hamburg State…

Hamburgische Staatsoper
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The English Theatre of Hamburg

The English Theatre in Hamburg shows dramas, thrillers and comedies exclusively with British actors from London.

The English Theatre of Hamburg
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Classical ballet and modern forms Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier

The company around John Neumeier is a constant in the cultural scene in Hamburg and far beyond.

Hamburg Ballet John Neumeier
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Traditional stage with impressive productions Thalia Theater

A visit to the venerable Thalia Theater promises visitors a high-class and stylish theatre visit in the heart of Hamburg even today.

Thalia Theater
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Weird, quirky, beautiful! Schmidt's TIVOLI

The Schmidts Tivoli at Spielbudenplatz in Hamburg presents crazy revues and skilful music theatre.

Schmidt's TIVOLI
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Germany's largest private theatre Ernst Deutsch Theater

The Ernst Deutsch Theater is Germany's largest private spoken theatre and regularly presents plays in the field of tension between tradition and…

Ernst Deutsch Theater
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Venue for music, theatre and dance Kampnagel

Kampnagel enjoys worldwide recognition as an international production house. It offers a multi-faceted platform for contemporary performing arts, as…

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Ohnsorg Theater

In the centrally located Ohnsorg Theater, visitors can regularly enjoy high-class performances, some of which are also performed in Low German.

Ohnsorg Theater

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Great freedom for music Concerts & Live Music

From classical music to electro festivals, from music history to a thriving live music scene and vibrant nightlife… Hamburg’s got it all!

Concerts & Live Music
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Hamburg's landmark on the Waterfront Elbphilharmonie

In building the Elbphilharmonie, Hamburg certainly put itself on the map! Our concert hall, with its impressive glass wave architecture and interior furnishings, is unparalleled anywhere else in the world.

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Artistic highlights Art & Exhibitions

A visit to one of Hamburg’s museums involves rare old pieces on display in our magnificent buildings, but you’ll also find a number of smaller, owner-operated galleries, as well as contemporary art, pop up installations, street art and collections aimed specifically at the littlest visitors.

Art & Exhibitions

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