In 1952, architect Franz Ehrlich was commissioned by GDR television to develop the first and only German television theatre. The theatre, designed in the Bauhaus style, broadcasted operas and drama comedies into GDR households until 1957, before the theatre hall was gutted and converted into a television studio. The GDR's best-known news programme, "Die Aktuelle Kamera", was broadcasted from here until the end of Deutscher Fernsehfunk after the reunification in 1991. The large theatre and broadcasting hall were shut down after the liquidation and only the head building with its foyer and conference room remained open for rentals.
It wasn't until 2015 that the old television theatre experienced its renaissance under its former name, Theater Adlershof. Since then, the team around director and choreographer Kathrin Schülein has been performing in the old foyer in the head building, which has been converted into a cosy theatre lounge with bar, and in the small theatre hall on the first floor. There is room for up to 100 guests on both levels. Today, the house is called THEATER OST and will occupy the large old broadcasting hall from autumn 2021.
With its varied programme of music, spoken word, dance theatre and concerts and its commitment to its history, Theatre East reaches people of all ages and interests: Classical productions and contemporary theatre, children's theatre, concerts from swing to chanson, jazz to Balkan pop and classical music form the programme alongside innovative projects, staged readings and talk shows.