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Theater & Stage Arts

Great productions, theater and stage art in Hamburg

"The boards that mean the world" have a long tradition in Hamburg. But that doesn't mean that only the classics are performed here. In addition to famous spoken theater, the stage landscape offers a state opera, bitingly sharp cabaret, impressive dance performances, open-air performances and plays especially for children.

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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...

Cabaret & Comedy
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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.

Drama & Theater

From Johann Strauss to Giuseppe Verdi Operas & Operettas

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

Operas & Operettas
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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.

Poetry Slam in Hamburg
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Extraordinary play in Mehr! Theater am Großmarkt from December 2021. Experience the magic of HARRY POTTER up close.


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Die Tür mit den 7 Schlössern
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Die Tür mit den 7 Schlössern
  • Theatre

  • 29.07.2021
  • 20:00
  • Imperial Theater
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FILM ab! openair
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  • 30.07.2021
  • 16:00
  • Bei den Wandseterrassen

Performing Arts: Highlights, history and insider tips at a glance

Traditional spoken theater and world-famous dance stages

What would Hamburg be without its numerous stages? At major spoken-word theaters such as the Thalia Theater or the Deutsches Schauspielhaus, topics that are of concern to society are dealt with. But of course, people are allowed to laugh loudly and liberatingly when equally important topics are tackled with humor at the Winterhuder Fährhaus comedy or the Schmidt Theater. But there is more than just talking on the city's stages: The Hamburg State Opera has existed for more than 300 years, having opened in 1678 as an opera theatrum. The building on Gänsemarkt is also home to the renowned Hamburg Ballet. The Hamburg Ballet and the Kampnagel production house impressively demonstrate how much room for cultural diversity is possible in Hamburg. Both are dedicated to very different sides of the art form of dance. The company around ballet director John Neumeier has become known for its distinctive choreographic language. Kampnagel is not only a performance venue for dance productions, but also a place where ideas are developed and controversies dealt with.

Hamburg loves the stage arts

Incidentally, commitment to cultural institutions has a long tradition in Hamburg. At a time when there was no state funding for culture, it was vital for the institutions' survival that the public donated and bought tickets. So it's fair to say that it was Hamburg's people's love of theater, cabaret and opera that made cultural diversity possible.

Multilingual plays and a floating stage

There is a venue for almost every taste in Hamburg, and of course some theaters are particularly representative of Hamburg life: On the stage of the Ohnsorg Theater, "Plattsnackerin" Heidi Kabel became an icon. The English Theatre of Hamburg shows how close Hamburgers are to British and U.S. culture: every season there are ambitious plays in original versions. And what could be more fitting for the port city of Hamburg than a theater on a ship? The theater ship with its picturesque berth on Nikolaifleet is, by its own admission, Europe's only ocean-going stage.

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OUR RECOMMENDATION Theaters & Stages in Hamburg

Deutsches Schauspielhaus
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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
Hamburgische Staatsoper
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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
Thalia Theater
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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
Schmidts TIVOLI
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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
Ernst Deutsch Theater
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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 is a world-renowned international production company that presents contemporary performing arts, concerts, conferences and a wide variety of…

Ohnsorg Theater
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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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DISCOVER NOW Culture & Music in Hamburg

Reeperbahn Festival
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Great freedom for music Concerts & Live Music

From classical music to electro festivals, from music history to a lively live scene and club culture: the Hanseatic city stands for a daily ringing and swinging of live music in the countless clubs and bars around the Reeperbahn, in musicals, concert halls or under the open sky.

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

The Elbphilharmonie and environs: Café and restaurant recommendations, culture and museum tips and everything else you need to know when you're in the vicinity of the Elbphilharmonie.

Hamburger Kunsthalle
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Artistic highlights Art & Exhibitions

From paintings of old masters in the famous Hamburger Kunsthalle to modern and qurile street art: Immerse yourself in historical times and abstract worlds. Discover museums, exhibitions & artistic highlights in Hamburg.

Art & Exhibitions

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