Stages for children‘s and youth theatre in Germany

The Puppentheater Halle

© Das Puppentheater Halle

  • Children’s theatre
  • Youth theatre
  • Theatre education sessions for schools
Halle’s puppet theatre was founded in 1954, and was restructured in 1995 by Christoph Werner, who at that time was its artistic director and who is now its managing director. The Puppentheater Halle’s work involves an unusual combination of drama and puppet theatre. Its adaptations of children’s books for audiences aged between 5 and 12 and its productions for adults in the evening programme bring home the relationship between the creators and their creatures to audiences of some 20,000 theatregoers each year. The Puppentheater Halle stages five productions each year, one or two of which are for the family programme and are coproductions with other theatres, e.g. the Wiener Festwochen, the Schauspiel Köln, the Staatsschauspiel Stuttgart and the Volksbühne Berlin. In 2002, a new two-stage performance venue opened on Halle’s Kulturinsel (cultural island). Since 2009, the Puppentheater Halle has been based in the building of the newly-founded Theater, Oper und Orchester GmbH Halle.

The ensemble stages guest performances around the world in countries including Canada and India as well as attending many festivals within Germany, such as the Berlin children’s and youth theatre meeting “Augenblick mal!” Its productions Kannst du pfeifen Johanna (Can You Whistle, Johanna) (1999) and Die Schöne und das Biest (Beauty and the Beast) (2002) won the TRAUMSPIELE festival award of North-Rhine/Westphalia and were broadcast on the German television station ZDF.
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