Terrific Locations To See English Speaking Theatre In Munich

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Are you an enthusiastic patron of on-stage performances but struggling to find them in English in Munich? This list of locations for English speaking theatre in Munich should solve your search problem.

This great helpful guide has been compiled by guest blogger Kristen Walter, an LMU student, theatre critic and fellow expat. This list is sure to offer you exactly what you’re looking for. Whether you’re looking for a play or a musical in English, Munich has a multitude of options!

Terrific Locations To See English Speaking Theatre In Munich
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Deutsches Theater

Terrific Locations To See English Speaking Theatre In Munich
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For those who want to enjoy a night on the town, the Deutsches Theater is the place to go. With a variety of different performances ranging from musicals, plays, operas, dance, music and more, English performances are also on the playbill.

Dating back to 1896 when it first opened, the Deutsches Theater is deeply rooted in history. Nicknamed “The Fairy Palace,” due to its Neo-Baroque style, the theatre showcases national and international productions throughout the year.

Boasting 1,679 seats in the main auditorium, the theme “Lady in red” awaits you upon entering the main theatre area. But even before entering the main stage, viewers can enjoy drinks and snacks in the foyer before the start of the performance as well as during intermission.

Address: Schwanthalerstraße 13

Opening times: Box Office Mon.-Fri. 10-19

Cost: Ticket price depends on performance, but some as low as €25

Show recommendation: Currently on world tour, the cult-favourite West Side Story made its world premiere at the Deutsches Theater in January 2023. Having been a sensation, it will return to the Deutsches Theater in January 2024 for 10 days. Read my review to get a sneak-peek.

Amerikahaus

Terrific Locations To See English Speaking Theatre In Munich
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Interested in a bit of culture along with your theatre? Amerikahaus is first and foremost an education and research centre that informs the public about the importance of the transatlantic relations between Bavaria and North America. Events and exhibitions on such international matters occur throughout the year.

However, Amerikahaus also houses a theatre with 307 seats with English theatre performances performed mostly in collaboration with the America Drama Group Europe.

A popular spot for many students in Munich, performances range from classics such as Hamlet, Animal Farm and A Christmas Carol to more current productions such as The Wave.

Address: Karolinenplatz 3

Opening times: Hours differ depending on intent of visit.

Cost: Tickets are €25 for adults with a discounted price for students; seats are first-come, first-served, except for specific productions

Show recommendation: The next upcoming performance is Crooked Letter, Crooked Letter based on the novel by Tom Franklin which focuses on gender and racial inequality in the American South. It will take place on March 21, 2023 with two performances scheduled that day.

Münchner Kammerspiele

Though advertised as a German-language theatre company, the Münchner Kammerspiele is an avant-garde masterpiece that dates back to 1926. The last art-nouveau style theatre in Germany, big names from both national and international theatre fame have graced the stage.

Luckily, English-theater goers do not have to feel left out. Since the 2015/16 season, a variety of performances include English subtitles.

Confronting current matters on stage, this theater is aesthetically innovative and contemporary, with a socio-political focus.

Address: Maximilianstraße 26-28

Opening times: Box Office Mon. – Sat. 11-19

Cost: Tickets starting at €15

Show recommendation: Upcoming performances with English subtitles include Jeeps, a satirical work on a deep social need for security, on March 24, 2023 and Like Lovers Do (Memoirs of Medusa), a modern survey of the patriarchal gender model of the mythological Greek goddess Medusa, taking place on March 25, 2023.

Bake This

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Are you in need of some laughter in your life? Do you have suggestions for what the actors should perform? Then look no further than Bake This, Munich’s International English Improv Comedy Troupe.

Taking suggestions from the audience to inspire scenes, stories and songs on the spot, Bake This fully improvises their shows and are even known to create entire musicals.

Performing since 2011, Bake This is sure to give you an English-improv night you will not forget. Not knowing what to expect, buy your ticket and see what will unfold before your eyes.

Address: Ernst-Von-Beling-Strasse 18

Opening times: Performances from 20-21:30

Cost: €18 with discounted prices for students; seating is first-come, first-served

Show recommendation: The next Improv Comedy Night is set for March 22, 2023 at Wirtshaus zum Isartal.

Entity Theatre

Terrific Locations To See English Speaking Theatre In Munich
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Over 20 years of English theatre performances in Munich, Entity Theatre is a non-profit community theatre company that is volunteer-driven. Comprised of a diverse group of global members, they are passionate about theatre.

Showcasing a variety of performances throughout the year, genres range from contemporary comedy to drama to panto. You can even get involved yourself if you’re interested in English theatre

Attend one of their upcoming performances to see a theatre community come together to entertain all those with a love of English theatre abroad.

Address: Performances at Theater…und so fort, Hinterbärenbadstrasse 2 / Pavillon

Opening times: Performances start at 19:30

Cost: €18 a ticket

Show recommendation: The next upcoming production is Bombshells, which looks at a day in the life of six very different but interlinked characters, and will take place from June 8-11, 2023.

East & West Encounter (EWE)

An English-language theatre group based in Munich, the roots of its two founders come from East (India) and West (France). Having only recently been created in 2021, EWE has successfully delivered three plays since then which have received critical acclaim.

Bringing together non-professional actors, directors, stage artists and technicians who share a similar passion for contemporary theatre, EWE produces plays which promote new and diverse voices.

Support their efforts by attending one of their upcoming productions which is sure to make you laugh and pull at your heart strings.

Address: Performances at Theater…und so fort, Hinterbärenbadstrasse 2 / Pavillon

Opening times: Based on performance

Cost: Based on performance, but starting at €15

Show recommendation: The next upcoming production is a collaboration with Entity Theater. Art is an award-winning play about friendship and art and will take place from March 22-25, 2023 and March 29-April 1, 2023.

Residenz Theater

Terrific Locations To See English Speaking Theatre In Munich
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As part of the famous Munich Residence, the Residenz Theater, or Bavarian State Theatre, is one of the most modern stages in Germany. Coming from a difficult history, due to it being rebuilt after the Second World War when money was tight, it soon became a society favourite with Munich locals, who refer to it as the Resi.

One of the most traditional theatres in Germany, the theatre boasts an ensemble of over 50 actors and more than 450 employees. Focusing on contemporary drama with world premieres and new works alongside the cultivation of a classical repertoire, all theatre goers can enjoy a performance in this historical theatre.

Luckily, English natives don’t have to miss out attending a show at this famous theatre thanks to English subtitles.

Address: Max-Joseph-Platz 1

Opening times: Based on performance

Cost: Ticket prices starting at €20

Show recommendation: The next upcoming production with English subtitles is Three Sisters, a play about everyday life, desire and failure. It will take place on April 26, 2023.

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