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Theater und Philharmonie Essen. Otello., Foto: Thilo Beu
Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Mülheim an der Ruhr. HARTMANNMUELLER., Foto: Dennis Yenmez
Ringlokschuppen Ruhr, Mülheim an der Ruhr. Une Histoire. Une Vie., Foto: © sputnic
Theater Hagen. Wassermusik., Foto: Leszek Januszewski
PARADE 24/7, Regie: Ulrich Greb, Foto: Jakob Studnar
Transverse Orientation 2021, Regie: Dimitris Papaioanno, Ruhrfestspiele Recklinghausen © Julian Mommert


With its exciting and diverse theatrical landscape, the Metropolis Ruhr’s fame extends well beyond the area’s own borders. 11 publicly financed theatres across 9 cities have joined together to create the RuhrBühnen, an organisation which aims not only to present the artistic diversity of the performing arts as one, but also to connect them in a playful manner.

The RuhrBühnen invite you to discover a world of theatre, dance, music, performance, language, sound and play – from the most varied of artistic perspectives and across multiple cities. At the same time, each theatre firmly represents its own artistic profile, meaning that, when these work together, they provide spectators with an incredibly diverse theatrical spectrum.

In the Ruhr area, theatre is closely linked to the region’s industrial history, being a tradition which dates back more than 100 years. The individual theatres are deeply rooted within their respective cities and, today, make an active contribution towards the Metropolis Ruhr’s image of itself as a living, breathing region for culture – in close consultation with their audience, of course.

So what are you waiting for? The RuhrBühnen are looking forward to your visit!

Please note: Due to the federal and state decision to contain the Corona pandemic, theaters will be closed until further notice. However, online events and alternative programs will continue to take place. For more information, click here.

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