The Berliner Ensemble is one of Germany’s most famous and prestigious theatres.
The Berliner Ensemble is named after Bertolt Brecht’s world famous company and has earned a prominent place in the history of theatre. The building on Schiffbauerdamm has a 125 year history of examining topics of social relevance. With the opening of the 2017/18 season, at the start of Oliver Reese’s directorship, the focus is firmly back on contemporary themes and writing.
Following the tradition established by Bertolt Brecht and Heiner Müller, the Berliner Ensemble concentrates on theatre in our time. The urgent topics of the day are examined on it’s stage. Alongside the works of Bertolt Brecht, the central focus of the programme is on current material and contemporary works by living writers.
The house’s significant reputation for international contemporary drama is showcased in an extensive programme for authors. Under the direction of the writer and dramatist Moritz Rinke, this programme attracts new writers to the Berliner Ensemble and features an internationally oriented schedule featuring work from England, America, Norway, France and the Congo.
The ensemble is at the theatre’s centre. Famous actors such as Constanze Becker, Andreas Döhler, Stephanie Eidt, Bettina Hoppe, Ingo Hülsmann, Corinna Kirchhoff, Felix Rech and Stefanie Reinsperger are part of the Berliner Ensemble.
Alongside the ensemble, the ongoing work with groundbreaking directors such as Frank Castorf, Mateja Koležnik, Ersan Mondtag and Antú Romero Nunes as well as the resident director Michael Thalheimer, ensure that the Berliner Ensemble maintains its authoritative profile. Modern stage productions as well as innovative contemporary formats are a speciality of this house.
The large stage of the Baroque Revival building on Schiffbauerdamm accommodates around 700 audience members. In the “Kleines Haus” next door there is space for 200 people. Additionally a “Werkraum” workshop will open for the 2018/19 season for young companies and innovative artistic work.