Hessian State Theatre
The Hessian State Theatre of Wiesbaden under the artistic direction of Manfred Beilharz, is one of the most successful theatres in the German speaking area. Offering more than 900 performances each season, the State Theatre is among of the most productive theaters existence. Each season the company offers a wide range of cultural events including more than 40 new productions ranging from opera, drama and ballet to the two programmes for young people, ‚Junges Staatstheater‘ and ‚jugend-club-theater‘, featuring classical works, modern musical theatre and premieres of contemporary drama. Moreover, the State Theatre Wiesbaden is an important festival company: each year, the International May Theatre Festival offers high quality guest performances in opera, dance, drama and entertainment. The Theatre Biennial ‚New Plays from Europe‘, the largest festival of contemporary European drama worldwide, has taken place every two years in Wiesbaden since 2004.
The opera schedule of the State Theatre Wiesbaden is versatile; well known opera classics are just as much part of the repertoire as less frequently played masterworks. One also fi nds operettas and musicals. The orchestra under the baton of Zsolt Hamar provides symphonic and chamber music concerts every month. World premieres of dance-performances as well as rearrangements of the classics on a highest artistic level are presented by the Ballet of the Hessian Statetheatre under the ballet director Stephan Thoss. The ‚Junges Staatstheater‘ programme for young people offers productions for children of all ages and the ‚jugend-club-theater‘ gives talented young people the chance to put on a musical under professional working conditions. In addition, many additional fascinating programmes spice up the theatre schedule, for example the ‚musik-theater-werkstatt‘, a platform for the works of contemporary composers, the workshops and integrative projects of Focus on Young People and the Late Nights in the Wartburg Centre, the latest and most versatile of the theatre‘s venues located on the Schwalbacher Straße.
Plays for the whole family
Every year the State Theatre offers a special event for the whole family: A special Christmas Fairy Tale invites children 5 years and older to an impressive Theatre Experience. Between the premiere in mid-November and the last performance in early January over 55 performances are presented to people of all ages.