The European Route of Historic Theatres leads across Europe to the most beautiful, most interesting and best preserved historic theatre buildings. As monuments, these theatres can be visited during the day.
The theatre building as we know it today was developed in Italy in the 17th century and subsequently spread all over Europe. The theatre building has thereby become one of the very few truly European types of building – a common European heritage.
The theatres tell us the history of Europe from the Renaissance to the 20th century: about the time when they were built, the intentions of the builders, the relationship of audiences and artists, the cooperation across all borders, and the changing times. In short: theatres are history in its most beautiful form.
In Germany, the following theatres are on the European Route of Historic Theatres: Putbus Theatre, State Theatre Schwerin, Playhouse Neubrandenburg, Theatre in the New Palace Potsdam-Sanssouci, Bernburg Theatre, Goethe Theatre Bad Lauchstädt, Private Theatre at Kochberg Palace, Ekhof Theatre Gotha, Theatre Museum and Theatre in Meiningen, King Albert Theatre Bad Elster, Margravial Opera House Bayreuth, Ludwigsburg Palace Theatre, Rococo Theater Schwetzingen, Playhouse Hanau-Wilhelmsbad, Koblenz Theatre, as well as Prince Regent’s Theatre and Intimate Theatre in Munich, Peoples’ Theatre Flintsbach, Theatre of Ottobeuren Abbey.
The ERHT is supported by the Culture Programme of the European Union.