The Vaganten Bühne (Goliard Theatre - see below) is located just off Kurfürstendamm underneath the Delphi Cinema. The programme of this small theatre, founded in 1949, comprises contemporary drama, modern classics and literary parodies.
Looking back on its sixty-five seasons, the Vaganten Bühne is one of the oldest theatres in Berlin. The first question is usually why Vaganten (Goliard)? The term is used to describe minstrels from the middle ages frequently coming out of universities and wandering the countryside performing plays they wrote themselves on market squares and in front of churches.
In postwar Germany, a group of actors formed around the founder Horst Behrend, calling themselves Vaganten (Goliards) because they didn't have their own permanent venue. Already by the mid-'fifties the Vaganten had betrayed the original mobile implication of their name and moved into the basement of the Delphi, not far from Bahnhof Zoo. They kept the name, however, and Behrend's sons Rainer and Jens-Peter ran the theatre for years. Today the theatre is lead by a team of staff still under the management of Jens-Peter Behrend. After a series of renovations which took place in different phases and supported in part by lottery funds, a small, well equipped, 99-seat theatre has resulted.