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The Renaissance-Theater is the only, originally preserved building that serves as evidence for the flourishing of theatrical life during the 1920s in Berlin. Moreover, with its colourful foyer and its precious woodintarsias in the auditorium, the only Art-Deco theatre in Europe is often called “The Jewel of Theatrical Arquitecture”. Since 1995 Horst-H. Filohn has been the manager and artistic director of the Renaissance-Theater, presenting contemporary plays that do both, entertain and deal with current developments in post-modern society, that through peoples’ stories, reflect the history of our times. By now, the smallest amongst the big theatres, occupies a distinct place in Berlin’s theatre scene. First-class actors and actresses perform national and international drama and comedy, appealing to a wide audience and maintaining exceptionally high artistic quality and individualised customer service.
A brief history
The Renaissance-Theater was founded in 1922 by the young Viennese writer Theodor Tagger. As “Ferdinand Bruckner” he wrote plays like KRANKHEIT DER JUGEND (Youth's Disease), DIE RASSEN (The Races) and MARQUISE VON O. which caused great sensation among his contemporaries. Today, he is regarded as one of the most important playwrights of the Weimarian Republic.
On October 28th, in 1922, the Renaissance-Theater's curtain opened for the first time ever for Ludwig Berger's production of MISS SARA SAMPSON. It was followed by productions of contemporary playwrights, especially Strindberg’s plays. Among the famous directors were Berthold Viertel and Karl Heinz Martin; stars like Alexander Granach, Johanna Hofer, Walther Franck and Helene Weigel could be seen on stage.
It was in July 1926 when the famous architect Oskar Kaufmann, was asked to turn the inside of the cinema into a ‘real’ theatre. Only five months later, on January 8th 1927, the Renaissance-Theater was reopened. The style is a combination of rococo and expressionism. The auditorium is an ideal example of Kaufman's invention of the intimate theatre. Completely panelled with pink rosewood, the dress circle's back wall is itself a huge, exquisite inlaid work by the artist César Klein - another unique feature of this theatre. The Renaissance-Theater is until today, Europe's only art-déco theatre.
After Hitler's seizure of power, Berlin lost most of its artists and thus, the blooming of the dramatic arts and the theatre scene in the capital came to an end. However, at end of the year 1946, the British Forces in Berlin gave Prof. Dr. Kurt Raeck the licence to reopen the theatre. The first night on December 11th, 1946 sat a double keynote, aiming simultaneously for literary sophistication and entertainment: Strindberg's FRÄULEIN JULIE was shown side by side with Courteline's comedy BOUBOUROCHE. Until 1978 Kurt Raeck, one of the last theatre directors of the old school, lead the Renaissance-Theater in this spirit. For three decades it had been Berlin's actors' theatre. The most famous actors were to be seen on it’s stage, among them celebrated artists like Lucie Mannheim, Hubert von Meyerinck, Tilla Durieux, Paul Hörbiger, Elisabeth Bergner, O.E. Hasse, Therese Giehse, Curt Goetz, Grete Mosheim and many others.
The reunification in 1989 changed things radically for all theatres in Berlin. The Renaissance-Theater as well had to redefine its profile. New contemporary drama was introduced to the audience, that aimed a sophisticated entertainment combined with a sociocritical approach to contemporary developments - i.e. the human stories told on stage serve as a mirror for our times. Contemporary theatre, produced by renowned directors like Hans Hollmann, Felix Prader or Harald Clemen have dominated the programme during the last decade: MISHA'S PARTY by Richard Nelson and Alexander Galin, CONVERSATIONS WITH MY FATHER by Herb Gardner, VOLTAIRE'S NEPHEW by Hans Magnus Enzensberger, AFTER-PLAY by Anne Meara, AMY'S VIEW by David Hare, THE LISBON TRAVIATA by Terrence McNally, ART by Yasmina Reza, THINGS WE DO FOR LOVE by Alan Ayckbourn, THE ATELIER by Jean-Claude Grumberg, NOISES OFF and COPENHAGEN by Michael Frayn and MARLENE by Pam Gems, just to mention some of them.
Today, the artistic and managing director Horst-H. Filohn maintains the concept of an actors’ theatre: Well-known personalities like Mario Adorf, Boris Aljinovic, David Bennent, Heinz Bennent, Winfried Glatzeder, Sona MacDonald, Udo Samel, Walter Schmidinger, Peter Simonischek, Volker Spengler, Gerd Wameling and Judy Winter have become a common sight on the stage of the Renaissance-Theater.
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