The Palast in Berlin's Mitte district continues the glamorous tradition of show entertainment in Berlin, bringing it right up to date. Its spectacular show programme of architectural and technical showstoppers is unique. The world's biggest long running shows are shown here in Berlin on the world's biggest stage.
The varied theatre history of the legendary Palast reaches back to the 19th century. The building was a covered market and circus arena before it reopened under Max Reinhardt's direction as the "Great Playhouse" in "Circus 1", renowned for monumental play settings and ostentatious revues by Erich Charell. Under Nazi rule the theatre was renamed "Theater des Volkes" (Theatre of the People) and showed a programme of harmless operettas. In 1947 the theatre was finally called the name it is known under to this day, the Friedrichstadt-Palast. However due to construction defects the building was closed in 1980 and torn down in 1984.
Now the new Friedrichstadt-Palast has stood for more than 30 years, occupying its huge site on Friedrichstraße 107. The building is the last major architectural statement of the GDR, opened on 27 April 1984 and a significant emblem of Germany's divided history. After the fall of the Berlin wall in 1989, 'The Palast' established itself as the place to see the most ambitious and spectacular shows in the reunited nation.
The Friedrichstadt-Palast is known internationally for its first rate cast of 60 dancers, its versatile show band and the youth ensemble of 250 Berlin children between 6 and 16 years of age. Alongside the ambitious shows, the 1895-seat main auditorium hosts film screenings for the Berlinale and major gala events.