Berliner Theatertreffen 2024: Celebrating Excellence in Theatre

Embark on a theatrical Odyssey from May 2nd to May 20th, 2024, at the Berliner Theatertreffen, a festival bringing together actors and theatre professionals in Berlin

May 13th, 2024
Anita Marsiglia, News from Berlin
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The Berliner Theatertreffen ("Berlin Theatre Encounter") is the most important theatre festival in Germany, reuniting actors, theatre professionals, journalists and guests from all over the world in Berlin.

History of the Theatertreffen
As early as 1963, one year prior to the first Berlin Theatertreffen, Berliner Festwochen invited five productions from German city theatres to Berlin – as a kind of pilot project. In October 1964, the first Theatertreffen took place under the title of “Berliner Theaterwettbewerb (Berlin Theatre Competition)” during the 14th Berliner Festwochen. Its basic structure was the same as today: ten remarkable productions were selected by a jury of theatre critics and presented in Berlin.

In 2024, the festival will present all forms of theatre, from dance to puppetry, music theatre and theatrical installations for the 61st time. A Theatertreffen camp and evening events as well as guest performances and readings from the Stückemarkt will take place.

At the heart of the Theatertreffen this year are the ten most remarkable productions, which are selected by an independent jury of critics among around 600 performances from the German-speaking region. The ten plays nominated by the jury will be shown during the festival. Established formats and platforms will continue and become enhanced by more networking activities between them and a closer connection with the ten remarkable productions.

Productions of the Berliner Theatertreffen 2024
-Die Hundekot-Attacke. Eine Vorstellung über Finsternis, Schönheit und Vergebung, basierend auf einer wahren Begebenheit. (Theaterhaus Jena)
Die Vaterlosen (Münchner Kammerspiele)
-Extra Life (Co-production with Ruhrtriennale, Internationales Sommerfestival Kampnagel – Hamburg, Tanzquartier Wien et al.)
-Laios (Deutsches SchauSpielHaus Hamburg)
-Macbeth (Schauspielhaus Bochum)
-Nathan der Weise (Salzburger Festspiele)
-Riesenhaft in Mittelerde™ (Schauspielhaus Zürich)
-The Silence (Schaubühne am Lehniner Platz)
-Übergewicht, unwichtig: Unform (Staatstheater Nürnberg)

Supporting Program
A rich supporting programme complements the showcase of German-language theatre: discussions with renowned guests from the worlds of culture, politics and business establish links between theatre and current socio-political issues, while award ceremonies, audience discussions, premiere parties and concerts attract theatre fans to the Haus der Berliner Festspiele. The 2024 festival edition will feature discussions on aesthetic, social and culture-political issues with and in front of the audience.

At a Glance
Berliner Theatertreffen 2024
Haus der Berliner Festspiele and other venues in Berlin
2 May 2024
20 May 2024
Admission Fee
From €15 per play


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