The cabaret Theater O-TonArt, the "court theatre for regal entertainment" in Berlin's Schöneberg district presents a varied programme of chanson evenings, mini musicals, musical cabaret, concerts, plays and queer comedy. The uniquely outfitted theatre has 76 seats with club lounges, small tables, raked seating with upholstered chairs as well as a small bar. It is tucked away in the second courtyard of a building on Kulmer Strasse in the neighbourhood between Kleistpark and Yorckstrasse and embodies the intimate charm of a Berlin hinterhof (backyard) theatre.
Its 180 performances a year have earned the theatre an exceptional reputation as a place of excellent cabaret and has established itself as the cultural aficionado's insider tip for specialities of the genre. Every year there are two new productions mounted by long term collaborators like "Zarah 47", "LOTTI! - Die Zitrone kehrt zurück" (Lotti the Return of the Lemon), "Heißes Blut und kalter Kaffee" (Hot Blood and Cold Coffee), "Berliner Diven" (Divas of Berlin), "Schweinisch für Anfänger" (Pig for Beginners) or "Marlene 1945".
After ten years of nomadic wanderings throughout Germany and beyond, the O-TonPiraten (Voice-Over Pirates) founded the small theatre in a former printing works in 2010 with support from friends and audience members. Although the O-TonPiraten have since split up, the former members are still involved front of house and behind the scenes. The privately financed theatre is directed by former O-Ton Pirate Bernd Boßmann (Ischgola Androgyn) and a team of volunteers.
The mixture of guest performances by well known figures (such as Tim Fischer, Geschwister Pfister, Irmgard Knef, Meret Becker or Felix Martin), evenings with popular themes or composers or grandiose newcomers are a great reason to make the pilgrimage across to the sleepy Kulmer neighbourhood between Nollendorfplatz and Bergmannstraße. The theatre can be hired by clubs and groups as a cultural local meeting place for rehearsals, meetings or celebrations. The foyer gallery is also features work exhibited by local artists.