Due to his special architecture the Cottbus State Theatre is one of the town´s landmarks. The secessionist Art Nouveau building is famous far beyond Cottbus. It was built in the beginning of the 20th century when the flourishing textile industry in Cottbus brought political and economical power to the Bourgeoisie. This new grown self-confidence had to be expressed by an object of prestige: the State Theatre. The architect from Anhalt Bernhard Sehring, Schinkel-Prize-Winner and builder of the “Theatre of the West” in Berlin 1896, won the tender. Sehrings works include the Municipal Theatre of Bielefeld as well as the Walpurgis hall at Hexentanzplatz in Thale.
It only took 16 months to build the State Theatre. It was opened October 1st 1908 with the play “Minna von Barnhelm” by Gotthold Ephraim Lessing. Very soon the Cottbus residents did prefer the Operette rather than plays. An own opera ensemble was lacking, though the first artistic director established the “months-opera”. During the last month of one season, only operas have been presented - exclusively for guests from prestigious houses. From 1912 onwards the Cottbus theatre had its own orchestra and a permanent opera ensemble. In 1945, citizens of Cottbus prevented the demolition of the building, which also was used during the war as munitions warehouse.
Since 1992 the Cottbus Theatre is the only State Theatre in Brandenburg. Versatile, attractive theatre plays and concerts are offered in multiple venues. With the productions of musical theatre and drama, the State Theatre Cottbus also has an international reputation.
Once a year the State Theatre turns into a spectacle place of great movies. Every year in November hundreds of special guests from around the world walk over the Blue Carpet to the grand opening gala of the FilmFestival Cottbus. In 2009 descendants of the famous Russian writer Leo Tolstoi especially came to see the Germany premiere of the opening film THE LAST STATION.
barrier-free Accessibility: disabled parking at the rear of the building, barrier-free Access to the parquet floor (please notify yourself)
handicapped accessible toiletts, special options for users of hearing aid devices.
Schillerstraße 1
03046 Cottbus
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