Stages for children‘s and youth theatre in Germany

Theater der Jungen Welt Leipzig

© Theater der Jungen Welt Leipzig

  • Children’s theatre
  • Youth theatre
  • Children’s and youth clubs
  • Theatre education sessions for schools
The Theater der Jungen Welt, which was set up in 1946, was Germany’s first professional children’s and youth theatre. In recent years, it has developed to become a municipal institution for “young theatre” that is known in Germany and abroad. Jürgen Zielinski has been its managing director since 2002.

With plays for children and young people aged 2 to 15, a family programme at the weekend, student clubs, an evening programme for audiences aged 16 and above and a multigenerational project, the theatre is open to all generations. The theatre’s repertoire comprises more than 30 pieces (stage and puppet theatre, but also musical and dance theatre productions). These are staged in the theatre’s permanent venues – the Grosse Saal with 240 seats, Etage Eins with 55 seats and the Kleine Bühne with a maximum of 66 seats. There is also a mobile theatre bus for audiences of up to 40 people. Performances take place regularly at kindergartens and schools. Ten actors and three puppeteers belong to the theatre’s ensemble.

The Theater der Jungen Welt is regularly represented at national and international festivals, such as the Kijimuna Festa, one of Asia’s biggest theatre meetings. For the third time in 2010, it hosted the 17th Werkstatt-Tage from 28 September to 1 October, an international working meeting for children’s and youth theatre that takes place over several days.
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