Deutsches Theater, Schwanthalerstraße 9-11, Munich, 80336, Germany

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Built 1894-1896 by the architects Alexander Blum and Karl Stohr from designs by Joseph Rank, the  Deutsches Theatre rated, by Lonely Planet Travelers, as 294 of 413 things to do in Munich. Originally intended as a stage for spoken drama by young Naturalist playwrights, the neo-Baroque theatre quickly evolved into the Bavarian Royal Residence’s most glamorous variety venue.

The first major renovation of the 1600 seat theatre took place in 1939 only to have the auditorium totally destroyed in a March 1943 bombing. A reconstruction in a simpler style started in 1951 under supervision of architect Ludwig Reiber. The columns and arches of the balcony replaced by cantilever. This space undergoing a renovation in 1978.

The Deutsches Theater has belonged to the city of Munich since 1982, presenting a steady diet of Broadway shows and West End musicals. During Fasching (carnival) the space  transformed into a fancily decorated ball room.

Due to current restoration work, the Deutsches Theatre is staging performances in a palatial tent at Frottmaning, equipped with state-of-the-art technology. The theatre scheduled to reopen March 19, 2014 with “der Broadway-Klassiker” West Side Story (followed by Grease in April).

The 1963 photograph of My Fair Lady is part of the Theatre Talks collection, please ask permission to copy and/or use.At least give credit to source. We know that some people will not honor this but it would be nice if they did.

Cezar Del Valle is the author of the Brooklyn Theatre Index, chosen 2010 Best Book of the Year by the Theatre Historical Society.

He is available for theatre walks and talks..

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