“Curtains up!” As of February 2011, plays at Schauspiel Frankfurt will be featuring English-language supertitles
Friday 7, January 2011
In 2011, Schauspiel Frankfurt – Frankfurt’s popular playhouse – will be presenting selected theatre performances with English-language supertitles, a fact that is sure to please Frankfurt’s English- speaking residents as well as the city’s many international visitors.
The first play to feature English supertitles will be “Romeo and Juliet”. Directed by Bettina Bruinier, the Shakespeare classic will take the stage on 24th February 2011. Two weeks earlier, on 09th February 2011, Richard Sennett, the famous American sociologist, will be appearing at Schauspiel Frankfurt to talk about his new book. This lecture will be held in English.
Schauspiel Frankfurt is part of Frankfurt’s municipal stages, which were originally established in 1903. Together, this ensemble of theatres and playhouses forms the State of Hesse’s largest theatre operation. Directed by Harry Buckwitz and, later, Peter Palitzsch, Schauspiel Frankfurt gained acclaim as West Germany’s foremost “Brecht stage” in the 1950s and 1960s. The playhouse has been under the direction of Oliver Reese, who came to Frankfurt from the Deutsche Theater in Berlin, since the 2009/2010 season.
With the new supertitle service, Frankfurt’s municipal stages not only emphasises Frankfurt’s internationality, they also further enrich the city’s vast theatre and opera scene. The curtains are raised more than a hundred times a week in the Main metropolis, with some 20 stages playing host to over 30 independent theatre groups. The performances on show include theatre as well as concerts, opera and operetta, dance, musicals, variety, cabaret and much, much more.
International guests and Frankfurt anglophiles will find further English-language entertainment at the renowned “English Theatre”. Originally founded by Judith Rosenbauer, who was in charge of the venue until 2001, the English Theatre relocated to the “Galileo” high-rise in 2003. Now under the direction of Daniel Nicolai, the English Theatre is known to be continental Europe’s largest English-language theatre.
English and other foreign-language stage performances are on show at a variety of theatres throughout Frankfurt, including the “Gallus Theatre”, the “International Theatre” at the Zoopassage, the nearby “Katakombe”, the “Käs” on the former Naxos factory premises, the “Schmiere” in the city centre, the “Stalburg Theatre” in the North End, the “New Theatre” in Höchst and the recently founded “Landungsbrücken”, or “Landing Bridges”, at the West Harbour. These establishments host theatre groups from Frankfurt and from around the world.
Frankfurt’s independent theatre scene plays an important part in the city’s cultural life. Today, Frankfurt is home to a vibrant and diversified theatre landscape, one that blossomed particularly during the 1970s in the wake of the student movements of the late sixties. During the middle of the year, when most theatres take a well-earned summer break while preparing for the coming season, Frankfurt’s performing arts scene continues on its merry way, with many smaller ensembles and theatre groups offering open-air performances in the city’s parks and gardens.
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