With its central position on Opernplatz, the theatre is one of the city centre’s most striking buildings. You can experience, opera, ballet, plays and concerts under one roof there. The Deutsche Oper am Rhein is a theatre community belonging to the cities of Düsseldorf and Duisburg that presents operas, operettas and ballets at a level appreciated worldwide. Drama at Theater Duisburg has evolved more and more in recent years. At the Großes Haus, the programme is still characterised by guest performances from near and far. At the small venue, the FOYER III under the roof, “Spieltrieb – Jugendclub im Theater Duisburg” has developed into a crowd puller and secret ensemble. Also at home in the theatre building is the Duisburg Philharmonic Orchestra, one of the most traditional orchestras in Germany.
Guest performances by the most important theatres in the German-speaking world have a long tradition in drama. Especially every March during the Duisburger Akzente’s Theatertreffen, productions by companies such as the Berliner Ensemble, Thalia Theater Hamburg, Deutsches Theater Berlin or Staatsschauspiel Dresden can be seen regularly at the Großes Haus. Outstanding actors and actresses such as Corinna Harfouch, Ulrich Matthes or Wanja Mues are also regular guests at Theater Duisburg throughout the year.
Theater Duisburg has become one of the leading addresses in Germany in recent years for puppet, mask and object theatre. With the Familie Flöz, the Berlin Theater Strahl, the Bühne Cipolla and the Ensemble TOBOSO, four renowned independent groups with completely different styles regularly develop their productions in co-production with Theater Duisburg and celebrate their premières at the venue.
The in-house Young Ensemble at Theater Duisburg, which emerged from the “Spieltrieb” youth club founded by the artistic director for drama, Michael Steindl, in 2005, is also coming more and more into its own. A varied programme of classic plays, modern theatre literature and devised plays and performances is offered in the unmistakable atmosphere of the second venue in FOYER III, which seats around 70 visitors. In addition to open youth club projects in which young people from 17 to 23 years of age can participate, more and more productions are being created in which amateurs and professionals act side by side. Several actors and actresses who first appeared on stage with “Spieltrieb” have also completed their acting and directing training in the meantime and are returning to Duisburg as professionals.
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