With its elegant classical facade in Berlin's Mitte district, the Deutsches Theater, founded in 1849, is one of the most historical and important theatre houses in the German-speaking world. The Deutsches Theater was the stage for theatre directors Otto Braun and Max Reinhardt and almost every great German actor has performed here. Countless legendary performances of classics and contemporary dramas have critically reflected Germany's changing political and social environment.
Authoritative directorial signatures, the continuous collaboration with the most important young dramatists as well as the trust in the strength of a vivid and powerful ensemble has formed the foundation of an artistic concept which was taken on most recently by Ulrich Khuon, the director of the Deutsches Theater since 2009.
He has appointed directors with incisive abilities: Brit Bartkowiak, Jan Bosse, Sebastian Hartmann, Stephan Kimmig, Tilmann Köhler, Bastian Kraft, Andreas Kriegenburg, Martin Laberenz, Daniela Löffner, René Pollesch, Christopher Rüping and Jette Steckel. The ensemble includes well-known actors such as Maren Eggert, Christoph Franken, Corinna Harfouch, Alexander Khuon, Ulrich Matthes, Bernd Moss, Sophie Rois, Anja Schneider, Bernd Stempel and Regine Zimmermann.
The programme consists of classics and modern classics by authors such as Brecht, Gorki, Ibsen, Sartre, Shakespeare and Chekhov, as well as premieres of pieces by contemporary authors such as Lukas Bärfuss, Dea Loher, Thomas Melle, Ferdinand Schmalz and Roland Schimmelpfennig. Once a year the "Autorentheatertage", a 10-day festival of contemporary drama, takes place. The theatre plays in its own house on three stages: the Big House with 600 seats, the Kammerspiele with 230 seats as well as the box opened in 2006 - a compact black box in the foyer of the Kammerspiele with 80 seats.