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Thalia Theater

Traditional stage with impressive productions

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

The Thalia Theater is located in the heart of Hamburg between the Binnenalster and Mönckebergstraße and is one of the most artistically successful state theaters in Germany. It is one of a total of three state theaters in Hamburg and is advantageously located in Hamburg's Old Town, not far from the Binnenalster. The plays performed in the main building of the Thalia Theater, on the other hand, are particularly appealing because of their great variety and high standards. Theatre guests can pre-order their tickets conveniently online or by telephone and then pick them up at the box office. For last-minute ticket-takers, it is also worth visiting the box office, where you can often buy remaining tickets at reduced prices.

The programme combines world premieres, classics and exciting projects by international artists. Numerous awards document the artistic success. The productions are invited as guest performances far beyond Europe and are shown at international festivals such as Avignon, Beijing, Bogotá, Moscow, New York, Rio de Janeiro, Seoul, Shanghai and St. Petersburg. The Thalia Theater's international orientation is also reflected in the fact that it regularly presents selected productions with English and Turkish surtitles.

Joachim Lux, artistic director since 2009, is increasingly committed to promoting understanding between cultures and religions - among other things at the international theatre festival "Um alles in der Welt - Lessingtage", which he initiated and has already celebrated as the "new fixed star of Hamburg" (Hamburger Abendblatt). The Lessing Days are always held between the anniversary of Gotthold Ephraim Lessing's birth and death, i.e. between the end of January and the beginning of February.

High up under the roof of the Thalia Theater is the Theaterbar Nachtasyl, performance venue, theater bar and club - a meeting place for all: actors and employees, theater and clubgoers.

Thalia in the Gaußstraße

The Thalia in Gaußstraße in Altona focuses on new plays, newly discovered authors, young directors and the testing of new theatre forms and aesthetics. The selection of plays is also influenced by the strong connection to the creative melting pot Altona of workers, artists and middle-class, intercultural middle classes. At the renowned festival "Körber Studio Junge Regie", young directors from Germany, Austria and Switzerland have been showing their skills annually since 2003. The festival has become a springboard for young theatre-makers and a figurehead for Hamburg.

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15% discount

Discounts on the normal or full price for remaining tickets at the box office (valid for in-house and in-house productions with the exception of premieres, guest performances, special events, Christmas and New Year's Eve). Ticket, system and advance booking fees are not discountable.

from 11.90 €

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