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Bayerisches Staatsschauspiel is a rather popular entertainment venue that enjoys its touristy location in the heart of the Old Town. Drama, musicals, recitals, concerts and a passel of cultural events are held within these glorious confines week after week. Check website for more.
Karl von Fischer erected this classical building in 1818. Today the National Theatre Munich stands tall in marble, crystal and gold, hosting live performances of international artistes. The theater is well planned and has a Corinthian portico dedicated to Apollo and the Muses. There is also a mosaic of Pegasus on the rear tympanum, designed by Ludwig Schwantehaler. The building has been destroyed twice: once by fire in 1825 (it was rebuilt two years later in a style faithful to the original) and again in a 1943 air raid. It was rebuilt in 1963 according to the original plans. The Bavarian State Opera is one of the world's best, and the Munich Opera Festival attracts many enthusiasts from around the world every year.
Bayerische Staatsoper, an extravagant opera house in the heart of Munich, is home to renowned opera performances, ballets, and classical orchestrated shows. The Bavarian State Orchestra and the Opera Studio are just a couple of major groups that grace the stage. The venue's long history and rich décor will bring you into the performance itself. This venue is a true haven for opera lovers. For reservations and detailed information on events and schedules, check out their website.
The Residenztheater is the domicile of the Bavarian State Drama Company and offers visitors 903 comfortable seats. It is Munich's biggest theater venue and perhaps one of the most prestigious. The program changes daily and productions vary vastly, offering everything from classical pieces to contemporary plays. The ticket office is open from 10a to 6p from Monday to Friday and from 10a to 1p on Saturdays. Do check the website for show times.
Marstall is a leading venue for experimental stage productions, often combining the performing arts, contemporary arts, modern musical theater and progressive dance. It is also home to the Bavarian State Drama Company, and attracts many top-caliber performers of international renown for collaborative performances. Ticket prices and play timings are available on website.
The Schauspielhaus is the major stage and theater of the Munich Kammerspiele in the famous Maximilianstrasse and probably one of Germany's remaining well maintained Art Nouveau theater. Built in the beginning of 1900 by architects Richard Riemer Smith and Max Littmann, the theater was restored between 2000 to 2003. You will only find German theater here and if you know the language will thoroughly enjoy the shows, of which quite a few are award winning plays.
Founded in 1911 and state-run since 1939, the Kammerspiele is one of Germany's most important contemporary theaters. Past directors such as Otto Falckenberg (with Bertolt Brecht as literary manager), Hans Schweikart, August Everding and Dieter Dorn have made the Kammerspiele what it is today. The Schauspielhaus has been a part of the Kammerspiele since 1926. Its Art Deco exterior and intimate stage make it one of the country's most beautiful theaters and a must visit for stage enthusiasts and fans. Check the website for information on show timings and events calendar.
Named after its architect François de Cuvilliés, this was once the court theater. The interior has been restored to its original baroque glory, decorated in majestic red and gold. The theater has four floors and each has 14 box theaters or special seats which encloses the ground floor in a horseshoe shape. Nestled in the historic ambiance, the Bavarian Drama Company shows ambitious and modern interpretations of old and new pieces.
Music is an essential part of Munich. This hall in the Residenz Palace, simplistic in design but ideal for music, hosts some of the finest symphony and chamber concerts in the country. Under the watchful eyes of Hercules, whose heroic deeds are portrayed on the walls, many a famous orchestra has guested alongside the Bayerischer Rundfunk Symphony Orchestra and the Munich Symphonic. Promenade concerts by the Bayerische Rundfunk take place here regularly on Sundays, as does the 'musica viva' series, featuring contemporary electronic music.