Berlin's best shows (without the language barrier drama)

The Schaubuehne's acclaimed production of Hamlet: experience Berlin's acclaimed theatre scene with surtitles in English and German

Berlin's vibrant theatre scene easily ranks among the world's finest - the problem, for many visitors, is the obvious fact that performances are generally in German.

And for anyone less than fluent in the language of Dichter und Denker (poets and philosophers), fumbling through a pocket dictionary isn't an ideal way to experience the magic of a truly top notch production.

But luckily, help is at hand, because in recent years several of the city's leading theatres have invested in language barrier-busting surtitle technology, with (mainly) English translations flashed up high above the stage.

Komische Oper interior, Berlin

Komische Oper, Berlin. Image credit:

The beautiful foyer of the Deutsches Theater, Berlin - with many productions including English surtitles

Deutsches Theater, Berlin. Image credit:

Berlin's celebrated Schaubuehne Theatre

The Schaubühne, Berlin. Image credit:

The innovative Schaubühne, historic Deutsches Theater and arty Maxim Gorki all schedule several monthly surtitled performances, with the Schaubühne also featuring French translations.

Opera lovers are equally well provided for: the Deutsche Oper uses English surtitles, while the Komische Oper screens translations in English, French and Turkish on the back of each seat.

All of which amounts to a sizeable repertoire of time-honoured classics and contemporary drama excitingly accessible to international audiences.

Still not convinced? Berlin's theatrical offering receives constant accolades (The Guardian newspaper, for example, deemed the Schaubühne's production of Hamlet - shown page top - "mind-blowing") and you'll also get to ogle some of the city's most impressive historic venues.

No excuse, then, not to get in on the act.

See also:
Opera performed by puppets
Free concerts at the Philharmonie

Deutsches Theater programme in English; Maxim Gorki Theater programme in English; Schaubühne list of surtitled productions; Komische Oper programme in English; Deutsche Oper programme in English


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