The Monbijou Parc in the heart of Berlin has a turbulent history behind it: from the beginning of the 19th century onwards, the Monbijou Castle moved from the periphery of a summer residence to the cultural centre of the Prussian capital by establishing and expanding the Museum Island as the largest art and culture area in Prussia. During the Second World War, Monbijou Castle and its garden were destroyed by bombs. The castle ruins are demolished in 1959. For a long time there was no room for cultural events. At the turn of the millennium, a group of freelance open-air performers played Shakespeare's plays for the first time. What started out as a small theatre has developed into a unique theatre in Monbijoupark.
The core of the stage programme for up to 300 spectators in Monbijou Parc is a new folk theatre, which frees works by Shakespeare, Goldoni, Schiller and Goethe from all corsages and takes them out of the middle-class "courtyards" and onto the open-air theatre stage boards.